This is a new bench for New York City. Designed by Ignacio Ciocchini, it is of powder-coated steel. It is designed to dissipate heat and shed snow.
I was surprised by the very small side arm rests. By dividing it up into individual seats, it prevents both sleepers and cuddlers (unless two people can fit onto one 26″ seat). In contrast, recent benches selected in Ottawa are divided into a 2:1 ratio with a single off-centre armrest, so that people can choose to sit touching if they wish.
While Ottawa is struggling to find a suitable set of designs for its standardized street furniture, mainstreet rejuvenations continue to select unique benches. Bronson Avenue and Rideau Street are in progress now; sometime in the next 8 months new benches will be installed in parts of Chinatown (red, of course, with an appropriate Chinese theme).
If you aren’t a regular reader of SpacingOttawa, go to that site to see an article I wrote earlier this week on combined benches+planters, which are also portable: http://spacingottawa.ca/2011/10/24/parkmobiles-a-perfect-fit-for-winter-cities/