"Pop-Up Cafes" Hit New York

New York City has led the way in tactical urbanism for some time, like the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. Now they're encouraging "pop-up cafes", or cafe table seating that takes over excess roadway.
August 7, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Mike Lydon reports from the tactical urbanism game of one-upsmanship between New York and San Francisco. Lydon explains how NYC's pop-up cafes work:

"While the seats are open to restaurant patrons and non-patrons alike, intelligent business owners surely see the benefit to making space for people to linger in front of their establishments. Since last fall, several pop-up cafes have been built in Manhattan, adding much needed places to sit and enjoy the City's wonderful street life."

Pictures over at Pattern Cities.

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Published on Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Pattern Cities
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