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Privately Owned Public Space

Privately Owned Public SpacesCurrent Public Plaza Standards History
2007 Text Amendment 2009 Follow-up Text Amendment Inventory

  Note:

These pages present Privately Owned Public Spaces as they were described in Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience, by Jerold S. Kayden, The New York City Department of City Planning, and the Municipal Art Society of New York, published by John Wiley & Sons, 2000. These pages are not regularly updated and do not describe all Privately Owned Public Spaces as they exist today.


privately owned public space: 153 east 53rd street - citigroup center
Return to: Introduction or East Midtown - Manhattan CD 6
GENERAL INFORMATION
BUILDING LOCATION
      Full blockfront on east side of
      Lexington Avenue between East
      53rd and East 54th Streets

PRIMARY BUILDING USE
      Commercial

NUMBER OF STORIES   60

YEAR COMPLETED   1975

DEVELOPER
      First National City Bank

BUILDING ARCHITECT
      Hugh Stubbins and Associates
      Emery Roth & Sons

PUBLIC SPACE DESIGNER
      Gwathmey Siegel & Associates (Alteration)

PUBLIC SPACE TYPE
      Plaza
      Through Block Arcade
      Covered Pedestrian Space

ACCESS
symbol for hours Arcade, Open Air Concourse: Open 24 hours

Covered Pedestrian Space & Through Block Arcade:
- 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Closing for Events: May be closed to the public with advance notice for 6 private and 6 local community and not-for-profit organization events per year, starting no earlier than 3:00 p.m. weekdays or 5:00 p.m. weekends; a sign giving notice of such closing must be posted at each entrance to the Through Block Arcade for seven days prior to the event
symbol for wheelchair access Wheelchair access

AMENITIES
GENERAL
symbol of signage Plaque/Sign
symbol for escalators 2 pairs of escalators to the east and west of Covered Pedestrian Space connecting street level to access to Covered Pedestrian Space
symbol for trees 20 trees on the street
COVERED PEDESTRIAN SPACE
symbol for food service Food service kiosk
symbol for seating 144 movable seats
symbol for tables 56 movable tables
symbol for trees 8 potted trees
symbol for restrooms - Women's restroom near northeast corner of Covered Pedestrian Space
- Men's restroom near southeast corner of Covered Pedestrian Space
symbol for other information - Retail frontage: open specialty market with one use or sales area every 25 feet on East 53rd Street side
- Two escalators in the building lobby near Lexington Avenue to subway access, in operation from 7:00 a.m. to midnight - Access to Covered Pedestrian Space from the southwest corner of building on East 53rd Street, from northeast corner building on Third Avenue through restaurant, from Open Air Concourse through building from Plaza on Lexington Avenue
OPEN AIR CONCOURSE PLAZA
symbol for mass transit Access to the subway
symbol for food service cafe Food service cafe
symbol for seating 264 movable seats
symbol for tables 66 movable tables
symbol for trees 10 trees
symbol for other information Water feature: fountain
SITE PLAN
site plan for 153 east 53rd street concourse level

site plan for 153 east 53rd street street level

SUBWAY STATION
5th avenue station at 53rd street - e and v trains; 51st street station at lexington avenue - 6 train

view of plants around of seating area at 153 east 53rd street
view of the seating area at 153 east 53rd street
view of the seating area from ground level  153 east 53rd street

Sources:
  • Jerold S. Kayden, The New York City Department of City Planning, and The Municipal Art Society of New York Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000
  • New York City Department of City Planning, Manhattan Office
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