During an August 2010 storm, flooding closed the Cleveland Park Metro station for a time. Metro officials often put sandbags on grates near the entrance to keep water out. (Ed O’Keefe/The Washington Post)

Some residents in Northwest D.C. have long complained about the unsightly sandbags that cover a subway vent outside the Cleveland Park Metro station, wondering aloud on the neighborhood listserve whether there might be a more stylish solution to keeping water out of the grates.

Perhaps they should look to New York for some inspiration, the A|N Blog reports. The post highlights a design by Rogers Marvel Architects, which kept the grate concept but added a bit of fun to the idea.

Are these wavy “benches” more attractive than sandbags? You be the judge. More here.

(And thanks to an alert resident who posted the item on the Cleveland Park listserve).