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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.


privately owned public space: 590 madison avenue - IBM building
Return to: Introduction or Central Midtown - Manhattan CD 5
GENERAL INFORMATION
BUILDING LOCATION
      Southwest corner of Madison Avenue and
      East 57th Street

PRIMARY BUILDING USE

      Commercial

NUMBER OF STORIES
   43

YEAR COMPLETED   1982

BUILDING ARCHITECT
      Edward Larrabee Barnes

PUBLIC SPACE DESIGNER
      Robert A. M. Stern
      (for alteration in 1995)

PUBLIC SPACE TYPE
      Urban Plaza
      Arcade       
      Through Block Arcade
      Covered Pedestrian Space
      Seating Area

ACCESS
symbol for hours - Urban Plaza, Arcade: Open 24 hours Through Block Arcade, Covered Pedestrian Space, Seating Area: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Closing for events: maybe closed to the public with advance notice for 6 private and 6 local community and non-for-profit organization events per year, starting no-earlier than 3:00 p.m. weekdays or 5:00 p.m. weekend days; a sign giving notice of such closing must be posted at each entrance to the indoor public spaces for seven days prior to the event
symbol for wheelchair access Wheelchair access
symbol for other information Access 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from the Through Block Arcade to the passageway connecting to the adjacent Trump Tower and to Fifth Avenue

AMENITIES
GENERAL
symbol for signage Plaque/Sign
symbol for trees 14 trees on street
symbol for lighting Lighting provided
COVERED PEDESTRIAN SPACE SEATING AREA
symbol for art work Indoor sculpture garden for display of large-scale works of art by major artists of the twentieth century, to be changed two or more times a year
symbol for trees 8 clusters in recessed planting bed
symbol for seating 110 movable chairs within the Covered Pedestrian Space
symbol for food service Food and coffee kiosk
symbol for tables 32 movable tables provided
symbol for other information Retail frontage
symbol for litter receptacles 10 Litter receptacles
URBAN PLAZA
symbol for seating 66 linear feet of fixed seating
symbol for other information Sculpture pool
SITE PLAN
site plan for 590 madison avenue

SUBWAY STATION
59th street station - 4, 5, 6 trains; 5th avenue station - n and r trains;

view of the through block arcade seating area at 590 madison avenue

view of the covered pedestrian space from the passageway connecting to trump tower at 590 madison avenue

view of artwork at 590 madison avenue

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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