Take a load off! New benches coming to nabe

October 15, 2012 Denise Romano
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Have a seat!

Community Board 10’s Traffic and Transportation Committee approved three new benches that will be installed by the Department of Transportation sometime later this month.

The new seats are part of the three-year, federally-funded CityBench project, in which the agency will install benches throughout the city aimed to aid those who use public transit and walk, especially elderly and mobility-impaired residents.

The benches are at least 12 feet wide and will be located near bus routes and senior centers, on commercial corridors, and near municipal, commercial and recreational destinations.

DOT presented four locations to CB 10: 312 93rd Street, 6935 Fourth Avenue, 8714 Fifth Avenue and 8706 Fifth Avenue. The committee approved three out of four locations, contending that there was no need for another bench at Third Avenue and 93rd Street.

“There is absolutely no reason to have a bench there,” said Joseph Sokoloski, who lives near the proposed location.

Members said that there was already a problem with homeless in the adjacent Fort Hamilton Triangle near 95th Street and the intersection of Fourth and Fifth Avenue and the extra bench would not be conducive.

But members welcomed the other spots.

“I think they would be a good addition to the community,” commented committee Chair Brian Kieran.

Jean Ryan added, “In the summer, I see a lot of people sitting and talking on benches. It’s a place to go outside and escape your hot apartment.”

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