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January 26th, 2007, 07:36 AM
Hi Guys, nice forum!
I'm from Holland, i live near the "Noordzee" and Amsterdam (approx. 20 minutes).
I love to go to New York, but unfortunately i'm still at Highschool, heading for my exams (?) (the school before University :D ). I want to visit New York as soon as i got my drivers license!

I have an assignement at school, i have to make street furniture (Arts).
I want to make furniture that could be put in New York, but now i need examples. Like what kind of artistic benches, lamp post, etc. are there in New York?
I will also need a place (street, square) to put the bench/lamp post/... in.

Now i wondered if you guys might have some pictures for me of artistic street furniture? Or maybe you have an idea where to find those pictures? (I didn't get very far using Google)
The same goes for the street or square. (i have to make a photo of my streetfurniture and with paste it in that picture with Photoshop, so i need a good one for that :rolleyes: )

I really would help me out a lot :)

January 26th, 2007, 09:09 AM
Hi Elise --

I have a terrific project for you -- this little public square needs complete renovation -- and both updated street furniture and restoration / reinstallation of lighting would be great:

PETROSINO SQUARE (a small triangle in desperate need of help -- it sits between SoHo and Little Italy)

MAP (http://gis.nyc.gov/parks/lc/NYCParkMapIt.do;jsessionid=237A431E4DC104AD33B0D56 A26DEF0C2) from NYC Parks Department

INFO (http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=8723) from NYC Parks Department

Some PICTURES (http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklynch/45150767/) from Flickr

STREETLAMPS (http://www.forgotten-ny.com/LAMPS/STREETLAMPS%20HOMEPAGE/lamphome.html) : From Forgotten NY -- tons of info + Pictures

A fairly recent ARTICLE (http://www.thevillager.com/villager_145/parkmemorialforblack.html) (from February 2006) on proposed renovation (no work has yet begun) ...

Park memorial for Black Hand officer to get a hand


Villager photos by Elisabeth Robert
Lieutenant Petrosino Park at Kenmare St.

Lieutenant Petrosino Square, a small, 7,000-square-foot triangle at Kenmare and Lafayette Sts., named for a legendary police officer, is slated for a $2 million renovation by the Parks Department. The currently little-used park, which has shifted and settled and taken on the look of an ancient ruin, is in serious need of an upgrade. Plans are to expand the park to the east, taking one of three lanes of a section of Lafayette St. that is only used by traffic making right turns from Spring St.

Said Carli Smith, a Parks spokesperson, “Although we are still in the preliminary planning for this renovation, we plan to work with the Department of Transportation to take a portion of Lafayette St. to expand the park. The main portion of traffic is on the other side of the park; therefore taking a lane of traffic will have no effect on the traffic flow on Lafayette St.”

As for when ground breaking on the project will occur, Smith said Parks won’t have a firm date until all the funding is secured.


This might give you some idea of what hasn't worked here ...

INFO (http://members.aol.com/jaizaki/kenmare/kenmare.htm) on an unbuilt proposal / competition from many years back for renovation of Petrosino Square ...

Lt. Petrosino Park Competition

"An Urban Public garden"

Summer 1996

Sponsored by : The Storefront for Art and Architecture
In collaboration with Chien Hsiang Chan and Wonpa Lee

Lt. Petrosino Park, located in downtown New York City is an abandoned island in a sea of traffic. Neighboring Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. It stands in an area where various cultures meet and interact. The area is currently subjected to a rapid growth in which new restaurants, galleries, and various shops are constantly opening up. The program was to provide a use for this square that meets the demands of the developing neighborhood and to set an example for other such neglected squares with in the city.


Our entry proposes a vertical structure which encases a public garden. Various plants would be brought in by residents around the neighborhood which would be stacked up inside the structure above the ground, where it would be maintained and cared for daily by volunteers.The plants with the structure as a whole will form a sculptural piece that has an impression of a large tree made up of numbers of small plants. The effort put in by the people involved and the sculptural effect will encourage a sense of unity and community in the neighborhood. The tree will absorb sunlight during the day and will be lit up at night, glowing the square.

The form is a pure extrusion of the lot. The main structure is of timber construction which serves as the trunk of the tree will support a light wooden frame clad with trancelucent polycarbonate panels spaced to give an airy feeling. This will give adequate protection for the plants and serve as a surface where the lights placed within the structure can reflect.The plants will be held on trays supported by a three dimensional aluminum grid. The plants will only be accessible by volunteers using ladders and a pulley system. Watering of the plants would be done mechanically by installed sprinklers.

The structure will be visible from up and down the adjoining streets and will serve as a landmark for the area. Underneath the structure will be benches where people could escape from the surrounding noise of the city and relax, looking up at the plants.

View looking south:


view looking up through framework:


View of framing:


View of enclosure:


January 26th, 2007, 11:00 AM
This is imaginative.

January 26th, 2007, 12:04 PM
Thanks! I can really use the information :)

Imaginative, as in, i don't really have to redesign the square? ('cause i got that :cool: )

January 26th, 2007, 03:53 PM
You still need to come up with your own ideas ;)

The framework proposal is an interesting theoretical idea -- but don't think it's the best plan for a small open space in the middle of the city. Those of us in the neighborhood would prefer something with less structure -- we like that bit of open sky ...

January 26th, 2007, 04:36 PM
Come on, who need's open sky, don't you think we could squeeze a bank branch into that wedge?;)