A titillating installation by the Department of Transportation in the Meatpacking District has some people all hot and bothered.
Since 2008, six Ninth Avenue pedestrian plazas installed by the DOT have been bordered with concrete art installations, some of which have the distinct spherical shape of a woman’s bosom.
“They’re the breasts. They just sit out there and do nothing,” said Matt DeMatt, owner of the Gaslight Lounge on Ninth Avenue, to the New York Post.
DeMatt, along with the Meatpacking District Improvement Association, is championing a $500,000 redesign of the buxom-looking plaza this fall.
Some locals don’t mind the busty sculptures and were shocked by what they called the prudishness of business owners.
“The Standard hotel is notorious for naked people,” said Greenpoint resident Tila Johnson, 27, who works in retail nearby. “I don’t think they’re offensive.”
“They’re a little breast-esque, that’s for sure,” admitted Cory Miller, 29, a manager at a burger joint on Ninth Ave.
While he wasn’t convinced that the concrete globes were too revealing, he did admit that, on the whole, the plazas could certainly use “a lift.”
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