Please Be Seated!

Michael Gianaris

September 22, 2011

The Queens Gazette wrote about the installment of new benches along Steinway Street, for which Senator Gianaris attended the ribboncutting event and thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for continuing to improve the experiences of shoppers and visitors through these eco-friendly additions.

Members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, elected officials and local community leaders attended a ribboncutting celebrating the new benches now lining Steinway Street.


The long awaited benches are part of the Steinway Astoria Partnership’s streetscape vision to create a pedestrian friendly, visually appealing and green urban street for shoppers, residents and visitors. Made of recycled materials the attractive lime-green benches, replicas of the ones used at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair offer shoppers a chance to rest as they browse and patronize shops along Steinway Street.


Past improvements include hanging flower baskets and plantings along the district adding to its ambiance with more planned in the future.


Steinway Astoria Partnership President Kevin Foley remarked, “This project has been a long time coming; however the results were worth waiting for.”


He went on to say that the project, being done in phases, would feature 28 benches installed now and another round in March of 2012 with other greening efforts planned.


State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for using their resources to continue to improve and beautify Steinway Street.

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