The Three Rs of ‘BenchCulture’: Reuse-Relax-Rebel!

I have been enduring a period of back pain lately. These periods of inactivity leave me daydreaming much of time about the street. One of the ways I have enjoyed the street is from a bench, and lately I have been thinking about building a bench in our back yard. So far, I haven't overworked myself with these thoughts, but they did take me on a little flight of fantasy the other day. I recalled a sequence of events some 20 years ago in New York City which is stored in my experience bank as the “Bench Project.”

Sarah and I were living in lower Manhattan. There was a little park across the street from our building, between East 2nd Street and Houston, at Avenue C. It had

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