City: New York
Address: Houston and Orchard
Website: n/a

How to explain the Bench? It is literally a bench outside the American Apparel at the corner of Houston and Orchard in the Lower East Side. But for a moment in 2009, it became a hot hang-out spot through the machinations of Dante Ross, Ari Forman, Max Glazer, and Matt Goias, all dudes with various connections to the tangled worlds of music and marketing. What captures the Complex Decade better than a city bench become an event through ceaseless Internet promotion and careful hype manipulation?