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Bryant Park Chairs Up for Sale at $125 Each

By DNAinfo Staff on October 5, 2010 11:38am

Bryant Park is selling its iconic chairs online for $125.
Bryant Park is selling its iconic chairs online for $125.
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Bryant Park Shop

By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — If you've ever wanted to recreate the Bryant Park movie experience in your living room, you're in luck.

The park has recently begun selling its green patio chairs on its website.

For $125 you can have your very own vintage (otherwise known as "used") "signature bistro chair," touted by the site as "the most cherished and iconic element of Bryant Park."

To separate the seats from the competition, the park promises that each of the steel-framed, wood-slatted chairs it sells has been used in the park for at least a year and bears its very own "distinctive wear patterns created by patron use and weather conditions."

Also part of the Bryant Park collection: a package of tulip bulbs for $32 and a coloring book for $11.95.

Park-goers have long asked about whether the seats were available for sale, Bryant Park Corporation staffers said.

Jerome Barth, the corporation's vice president of business affairs, said their goal was to strengthen visitors' bonds with the park rather than raise revenues — "although that is also a good thing."

Fernando Schmitt, 30, from Brazil, said he thinks the chairs would make a perfect souvenir for visitors to New York.

West Village resident Brooke Borner, 35, likened them to taking home one of the seats from the old Yankees' or Mets' stadiums. Still, he doubted many people would be willing to shell out so much cash.

"They're cool, but they're a little bit flimsy," he said. "It feels like one good house party could send them toppling."

So far, one chair has been sold to a person from Pennsylvania, Barth said.

No word yet on whether the city has plans to start selling the street furniture that has become a fixture in Midtown's pedestrian plazas, including Herald Square, Times Square and, most recently, in Union Square.