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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: 55 east 52nd street - park avenue plaza
Return to: Introduction or Central Midtown - Manhattan CD 5
GENERAL INFORMATION
North side of East 52nd Street between
      Park and Madison Avenues

PRIMARY BUILDING USE

      Commercial

NUMBER OF STORIES   40

YEAR COMPLETED   1979

DEVELOPER
      Fisher Brothers

BUILDING ARCHITECT
      Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

PUBLIC SPACE TYPE
      Through Block Arcade

ACCESS
symbol for hours Through Block Arcade: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
symbol for wheelchair access Wheelchair access

AMENITIES
symbol for signage Signs on East 52nd and 53rd Streets announcing hours of access, 3 signs stating "all seating available to public and no purchase of food or beverage required" adjacent to movable chairs
symbol for bicycle parking Bicycle parking
symbol for climate control Air conditioning
symbol for drinking fountain Drinking fountain
symbol for lighting Minimum 20 foot candles during the day and 15 foot candles during the night
symbol for trees and plants - Planting: seasonal and ground cover
- 16 trees within the space
symbol for seating 132 movable chairs
symbol for tables 33 tables
symboll for restrooms 2 next to elevators west of Through Block Arcade
symbol for other information - Retail frontage: 20 linear feet along the Through Block Arcade, 220 lf along adjacent retail arcade
- Water feature:
  • fountain and pool
  • 2 kiosks
  • Skylight
symboll for litter receptacles Litter receptacles
SITE PLAN
site plan for 55 east 52nd street

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

view of the through block arcade at 55 east 52nd street

view of the retail frontage along the through block arcade at 55 east 52nd street

view of the seating area at 55 east 52nd 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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