One Planted Urban Bench, Four Ways

September 9, 2011 by

Strolling down West 79th Street in Manhattan the other day, I came across the same bench planted four different ways. Each was in front of a different apartment building.

I don’t know if all the buildings are owned by the same landlord, or how it came to be that each residence had the same bench.

My least favorite was the one painted black, though it might be that I also didn’t like what they planted. I liked the first bench, top, for its rich stain bringing out the wood grain.

Which one do you like best?


  1. Georgia (local ecologist) said:

    I like the stain on the first bench pictured but like the fullness of the planters in the fourth bench pictured.

    — September 9, 2011 @ 18:29

  2. Bobolinker said:

    We were staying at a hotel on W79th Street just last week and noted these very attractive seating arrangements. I’d like to see more like them in other cities, including our own here in the Bay Area.

    — September 19, 2011 @ 09:48

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