By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The building housing the office of Town & Village and dozens of other businesses has become the first in the city to install a scaffold bridge that isn’t a wall of metallic ugliness.
The building’s landlord, ABS Partners Real Estate, recently partnered with Urban Umbrella, a scaffolding firm based in Toronto, Canada, while the 16-story building at 20 West 22nd Street undergoes the Local Law 11 work to maintain the exterior walls.
The scaffolding, made with translucent plastic panels and recycled steel, resembles an unfolding umbrella when seen from underneath and is lit with environmentally-friendly LED lights.
Urban Umbrella co-founder Benjamin Krall said in a statement that the company originally installed scaffolding in Canadian cities Toronto and Vancouver before bringing a more scalable and affordable version of the structures to New York.
“There are more than 10,000 scaffolding bridges in New York City that are hindering foot traffic and affecting the amount of business that companies get while hidden behind construction work,” Krall said. “In New York, there has never been an alternative to these unattractive hunter green scaffolding bridges until now.”