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The quiet of an urban space.
Some serious New York love this week, where the sun is shining, the cherry blossoms are out and bikes are parked at every street sign.
Park(ing) Day is this Friday — props to those who will be converting parking spaces into mini urban parks — so I figured a mention of this super cool looking pop up cafe in New York was fitting, pulled from this week’s installment of Foodie Underground:
Sponsored by two neighboring eateries – Bombay and Fika – and the New York City Department of Transportation, the pop up cafe is composed of a wooden platform that houses 14 tables and 50 chairs. An attempt at solving the problem of cramped sidewalks which don’t leave much room for outdoor seating, the pop up cafe is part foodie attraction and part public space improvement. In fact, Bombay and Fika don’t offer table service, and anyone who wants to take advantage of the space is allowed to take a seat.
Taking the place of several parking spaces, the outdoor seating doesn’t conflict with the sidewalk traffic, and it’s a project that the DOT is more than happy to support. “Every time we put down just an orange barrel, people just materialize out of nowhere,” said Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to Streetsblog. “If you build it, they will sit.”
Image: DNA Info
There are few times when I wish that lived in a city other than Portland… but this month has given me a few reasons to want to live elsewhere. First there was the Nau NYC pop-up shop. Who doesn’t want to go visit that? And now it’s the Fjällräven NYC store. The Swedish brand is probably best known for its classic, and slightly vintage-looking, backpack (yes, that is the Swedish flag made out of a bunch of them pictured above).
I grew up camping in a Fjällräven tent, purchased by my father sometime back in the 70s, and I must say that I’m highly jealous of all the New Yorkers that now get to bask in Swedish outdoor gear glory. Certainly not helped by the fact that I fell in love with a certain red, Fjällräven winter jacket when I was in Sweden a couple of months ago… Not only does Fjällräven design durable and functional products — my father’s tent is still in working order — the company also has a respectable set of responsible environmental codes used to run their business.
So if you live in the Big Apple, make sure to drop by and say hej.
[Via: Cold Splinters]
[Photo: paulandwilliams, Flickr]