The Village Alliance, on behalf of the City of New York, maintains and activates two public plazas, Astor Place and the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle.
In addition to landscaping, sanitation, the presentation of public art and a roster of free public programming the Village Alliance also maintains the furniture and information points found at both plazas.
Between the two plazas, there are over 50 tables, 150 chairs, and 7 umbrellas that are set out each morning and secured overnight every day from April until November, unless there is forecasted inclement weather. From tourists resting weary feet, local workers taking a lunch break and students studying before classes, the plaza furniture has become a popular and much loved amenity.
The appearance and feel of the furniture is distinctive to each plaza. The Astor Place plaza furniture features a clean, contemporary look reflecting the architectural styles of 51 Astor Place designed by Fumihiko Maki and the Sculpture for Living, on Lafayette Street, designed by Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel. The chairs, tables and umbrellas all feature the colors and influences of the Astor Place identity, created by MTWTF and unveiled in 2016 when the new Astor Place plazas opened.
At the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, the furniture is a classic New York City “bistro-style” design, which is both light and easily movable making it perfect for finding that perfect sunspot, gathering with a large group or pulling up a chair to the Poetry Jukebox, our current public art piece, and listening to one of twenty poems.
At both plazas, the Village Alliance also provides information carts from April until November, the designs of which replicate classic street-carts. Their purpose is to provide information to both tourists and locals with leaflets featuring transportation and bike maps, local event information, local shopping and dining directories and the Village Alliance self-guided walking tour guides. With their sloped roofs, the information carts also provide a welcome source of shade on hot summer days.
The provision of plaza furniture and information carts form part of the Village Alliance’s wider mission of continuing to improve our community’s quality of life by providing cleaner, safer and more enjoyable public spaces.
If you have questions or comments about our street furniture or the Village Alliance please email us at [email protected] and we will get right back to you.