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Introducing the latest in metro street furniture: the Slounge
Purpose: to allow people waiting for the bus (no timely proposition) an opportunity to take a load off—in this case a fraction of a load—while preventing homeless people an opportunity to colonize  any flat space that is not the ground.
Design: a modified railing with acutely angled seat where one can plant one’s ass without actually sitting. It doesn’t so much provide comfort, as a partial respite from the discomfort of being on one’s feet for hours at a time. Requires users to assume a slouching posture, thus the name Slounge.
Design Drawbacks: One commuter’s seat height is another’s lower back level. Awkward design for New Yorkers of all different shapes and sizes.
Takeaway: Only non-seats three, in a location that effectively removes them from the line for the bus, where they could gain an actual seat if lucky and close to the front of the line. People seen using this piece of street furniture have very little hope for the near future and are willing to sacrifice their dignity in public for the slightest increase in physical comfort. They are on the verge of giving up on life or exploding in commuter rage.

Introducing the latest in metro street furniture: the Slounge

Purpose: to allow people waiting for the bus (no timely proposition) an opportunity to take a load off—in this case a fraction of a load—while preventing homeless people an opportunity to colonize  any flat space that is not the ground.

Design: a modified railing with acutely angled seat where one can plant one’s ass without actually sitting. It doesn’t so much provide comfort, as a partial respite from the discomfort of being on one’s feet for hours at a time. Requires users to assume a slouching posture, thus the name Slounge.

Design Drawbacks: One commuter’s seat height is another’s lower back level. Awkward design for New Yorkers of all different shapes and sizes.

Takeaway: Only non-seats three, in a location that effectively removes them from the line for the bus, where they could gain an actual seat if lucky and close to the front of the line. People seen using this piece of street furniture have very little hope for the near future and are willing to sacrifice their dignity in public for the slightest increase in physical comfort. They are on the verge of giving up on life or exploding in commuter rage.

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humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?""Yep.""Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.""What’s that?""I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

A RESPONSE FROM THE NYPL:
http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/77831310647/because-of-all-the-attention-of-this-mornings

humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Yep."
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"What’s that?"
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

A RESPONSE FROM THE NYPL:

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/77831310647/because-of-all-the-attention-of-this-mornings

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Night Snow Billboard (by thelexiphane)
A temporary billboard projected onto the side of a former New York Savings Bank (now CVS) at the corner of West 14th St. & 8th Ave. is a static ad for Italian beer on a Saturday night. Coincidentally, the model in the ad revels in falling snow, while real life passersby trudge through yet another NYC blizzard with its ice and ankle-deep ponds of slush. Maybe a Peroni or five would elevate their seasonally affected moods.

Night Snow Billboard (by thelexiphane)

A temporary billboard projected onto the side of a former New York Savings Bank (now CVS) at the corner of West 14th St. & 8th Ave. is a static ad for Italian beer on a Saturday night. Coincidentally, the model in the ad revels in falling snow, while real life passersby trudge through yet another NYC blizzard with its ice and ankle-deep ponds of slush. Maybe a Peroni or five would elevate their seasonally affected moods.

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