Around 4pm, pieces of the park began to show up. Here, Andres Power, of San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program, explains to a man with a small dog that the city of New York is interested in doing a project like this one. “We emulated their plaza program, now they’re emulating this,” he said.

The modular pieces here – designed and built in the Mission by REBAR – and the pieces designed for the Divisidero Street Parklet by Riyad Ghannam  and Greg Upwall could be sold to any city in the country, if the idea takes off.  Says Power: “It’s great because the sizes are the same across the board – a car is a car, a parking meter is a parking meter.”

By nightfall someone had already come and locked their bike to it.