Remember when the benches outside of American Apparel on Houston and Orchard streets were the place to be? It was a very "this too shall pass" moment, and it did. The benches, however, remained... until now. According to Bowery Boogie, 5 of the 9 benches on Orchard Street have been removed by American Apparel; an employee at the store said it was a “whole ordeal,” but essentially the company “didn’t want people living outside the store anymore.” Because Dov Charney though they clashed with his new preppy image?

They claim the move also had to do with safety concerns for their employees leaving the store after 2 a.m. But they need not fear with Nathan, the mayor of Upper Orchard Street watching over things. He reportedly still has his bench... though Mr. Charney may need it for himself soon enough.