After several false starts, a few experiments and some fierce opposition, some NYC streets are going to feel the romance of Paris. Several community boards around the city’s 5 boroughs (well, in 2 of them at least. Brooklyn and Manhattan, natch) have passed approval for what has been dubbed “gutter cafés”: pop-up style street seating which exists just beyond the sidewalk.
Ok, so that basically means, you'll be sitting in the “gutter” of the street, an area dedicated to parked cars. While not the most mind-blowing of decisions considering the New York City is constantly influx, this shows the overhaul that has taken in NYC’s city planning as of late (bike lanes, park expansions, extensive public seating plazas, etc). This move is seen as another drastic change from what New York City once was: “the gritty city”, to a much more people friendly, comfy, and yes pastoral environment
Looks like it might be time to shelve those fantasies of The Warriors once and for all. The Pastoral Life revolution rolls forward.
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