Skyscraper bench: art or prank?

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Filed under: Art Pranks

Submitted by Rose Fox

Mystery Bench

From Gothamist, December 17, 2007:

Mystery Bench Baffles City Officials

A Gothamist tipster emailed us this photo of a prohibitively tall bench on the median of East Houston Street near Suffolk. Is this guerrilla art or city-sanctioned furniture? The new cool “Bench Club” for East Village scenesters? A lawsuit in-waiting from the city’s more vertically challenged residents? A prototype anti-homeless bench? A photoshop hoax?

Lots and lots of phone calls to the City Council representative, the Community Board, the Parks Department and D.O.T. have yielded exactly 0 leads. Our source at D.O.T. simply said: “Wow! This is shocking! Will investigate.” A Community Board representative confirms that the median is under D.O.T. jurisdiction and tells us they have yet to find any record of this with the Community Board.

If this is a gag we’re going to have some apologizing to do, so we’re counting on our tireless commenters to get to the bottom of this – because it’s way too cold and windy for us to go out there ourselves.

Thanks to Patrick for the photo and tip.