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As Main Loses Benches, Spring Adds Them

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 10:23PM
New Benches on Spring Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Typically when something shows up on the street while a crew is nearby, it's just a prop. This bench in front of L.A. Cafe on Spring is for real.

One would be excused for thinking that the two benches that showed up on Spring street today were part of the set for CSI:NY, whose filming across the street had added NYC newsracks to the same block. The two black benches are here to stay, though, part of developer Izek Shomof's efforts to improve the streetscape in front of his buildings.

The installation of the new benches on Spring comes right on the heels of the removal of two benches on Main last week. Those benches had been a sore point for business owners on the block.

Shomof has reason to care about the sidewalks on Spring between 6th and 7th. He owns four buildings on the block: the Hayward Apartments, Premiere Towers, Spring Tower Lofts and City Lofts. Benches aren't the first amenities to get added to the sidewalk; last month he installed doggie bag dispensers in front of Premiere Towers and City Lofts.

Will the Spring street benches prove more successful than the ones on Main? One sits right in front of the entrance to L.A. Cafe. Owner David Bakhshi thinks it's a great addition. "It completely changes the feel of the sidewalk," he said soon after the bench was installed. The second bench is just up the block, close to the newly redone entrance to Maison Bertet.

Whether the benches are a hit with patrons and those walking along the sidewalk remains to be seen.

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