New benches let Bayside shoppers take a load off


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Photo by Anthony O'Reilly
Photo by Anthony O'Reilly

Relax and kick up your feet, Bayside.

Assisted by funding from former State Senator Frank Padavan and donations from the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Bayside Business Association installed 14 new benches along Bell Boulevard, the first phase of a multi-layer beautification initiative.

“It’s always been a dream and a vision of people shopping on Bell Boulevard to sit and talk to neighbors,” said Judith Limpert, president of the Bayside Business Association. “It’s a very communal feeling and benches are hopefully going to foster that feeling.”

The $1 million project, spanning Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue, will also include new street lamps and improved sidewalks.

Alex Cosentini, 21, of Bayside, believes the benches will add a wonderful aesthetic to the neighborhood.
“It’s the small little things sometimes,” said Cosentini. “You don’t always have to do big things. Anything to help improve the quality of life.”

-Additional reporting by Anthony O’Reilly

 

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