It's not that New York does everything first, or even better, but when New York experiments, people (and cities) across the country take note. Case in point: the pop-up cafe. The temporary, parking space sized cafes were inspired and designed by the same architecture firm that created the parklet, which first debuted in San Francisco earlier this year. From the Architects Newspaper:
The concept is simple: street space is limited and valuable. To that end, New York has been evaluating whether the highest and best use for street space along narrow sidewalks is storing cars. Like a glorified Park(ing) Day spot made (semi)permanent and held on high, these pop-up cafés invite pedestrians to imagine their city in new ways.