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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: Central Midtown Manhattan CD 5
Maps:
The maps, below, show privately owned public spaces in Manhattan CD 5 using the classes defined at the right. Selecting a public space on the map will link to the entry in the Table with a fuller description of the public space. Tagged addresses on the map may have additional spaces classified as hiatus, circulation or marginal.
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The classifications attributed to each space are taken directly from 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.

central midtown - manhattan community district 5 (north)

PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACE - Classifications are defined below.
Select a "Destination" Public Space from the table for a more detailed profile.

CENTRAL MIDTOWN                              Manhattan District 5
ID Building Address Building Name Public Space Classification
56 108 Fifth Avenue   Residential Plaza Hiatus
57 5 East 22nd Street Madison Green Residential Plaza Neighborhood
58 50 Lexington Avenue   Residential Plaza Hiatus
59 45 East 25th Street Stanford Plaza Marginal
60 41 Madison Avenue New York Merchandise Mart Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
61 230 West 27th Street   Plaza Hiatus
62 10 East 29th Street Madison Belvedere Residential Plaza under construction
63 407 Park Avenue South Ascot Residential Plaza Marginal
64 475 Park Avenue South   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
65 1250 Broadway   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Circulation
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66 2 Pennsylvania Plaza Two Penn Plaza/Madison Square Garden Plaza Circulation
67 1 Pennsylvania Plaza One Penn Plaza Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Neighborhood
68 3 Park Avenue Three Park Avenue Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Hiatus
69 420 Fifth Avenue   Urban Plaza Neighborhood
70 445 Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue Tower Urban Plaza Neighborhood
71 1411 Broadway World Apparel Center Arcade Circulation
      Plaza Hiatus
72 1095 Sixth Avenue Verizon Special Permit Plaza Neighborhood
      Subway Concourse Circulation
73 489 Fifth Avenue   Arcade Marginal
74
120 Park Avenue Philip Morris Arcade Circulation
      Covered Pedestrian Space Destination
75 101 Park Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Sidewalk Widening Circulation
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
76 6 East 43rd Street Emigrant Savings Bank Plaza Marginal
77 1114 Sixth Avenue Grace Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Hiatus
78 1133 Sixth Avenue   Plaza Circulation
79 1155 Sixth Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Sidewalk Widening Circulation
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
80 145 West 44th Street Millennium Broadway Through Block Connection Circulation
81 1515 Broadway One Astor Place Pedestrian Thoroughfare Marginal
      Shubert Alley Circulation
82 1535 Broadway Marriott Marquis Broadway Plaza Circulation
      Covered Public Pedestrian Area Circulation
      Interior Spaces Hiatus
      Shubert Alley Extension Circulation
83 1548 Broadway Bertelsmann Through Block Connection Circulation
84 114 West 47th Street United States Trust Through Block Connection Circulation
85 1185 Sixth Avenue Stevens Tower Basement Concourse Circulation
      Landscaped Pedestrian Plaza Hiatus
      Special Permit Plaza Circulation
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86 1211 Sixth Avenue 1211 Avenue of the Americas Plaza Hiatus
      Subway Concourse Circulation
      Through Block Arcade Circulation
87 1166 Sixth Avenue   Arcade Circulation
      Plaza Circulation
      Through Block Plaza Neighborhood
88 575 Fifth Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Covered Pedestrian Space Neighborhood
      Public Area Neighborhood
89 383 Madison Avenue Bear Stearns Building Entrance Recess Area Circulation
      New North End Access to 47th Street Cross Passageway Circulation
      Off-Street Rail Mass Transit Access Improvement Circulation
      Through Block Connection Circulation
90 245 Park Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
91 299 Park Avenue Westvaco Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Hiatus
92 280 Park Avenue   Plaza Marginal
93 437 Madison Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Hiatus
94 12 East 49th Street Tower 49 Arcade Marginal
      Public Access Passageway Circulation
      Sidewalk Widening Marginal
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
95 611 Fifth Avenue Saks Tower Building Entrance Recess Area Marginal
      Special Permit Pedestrian Circulation Space Hiatus
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96 1251 Sixth Avenue 1251 Avenue of the Americas Plaza Neighborhood
97 1221 Sixth Avenue McGraw-Hill Plaza Hiatus
      Sunken Plaza Marginal
98 745 Seventh Avenue   Public Plaza under construction
      Underground Passageway under construction
99 235 West 48th Street Ritz Urban Plaza undergoing alteration
100 1633 Broadway Paramount Plaza Special Permit Arcade Circulation
      Special Permit Plaza Hiatus
      Underground Concourse Circulation
101 1285 Sixth Avenue Paine Webber Sidewalk Widening (Pedestrian Circulation Space) Circulation
      Through Block Galleria Hiatus
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
102 650 Fifth Avenue   Cellar Floor Public Space Marginal
      Covered Pedestrian Space Hiatus
103 645 Fifth Avenue Olympic Tower Covered Pedestrian Space Hiatus
104 457 Madison Avenue New York Palace Hotel Courtyard Hiatus
105 40 East 52nd Street   Urban Plaza Hiatus
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106 345 Park Avenue   Plaza Hiatus
107 560 Lexington Avenue   Arcade Circulation
      Covered Pedestrian Space Circulation
108 55 East 52nd Street Park Avenue Plaza Through Block Arcade Destination
109 10 East 53rd Street HarperCollins Plaza Marginal
      Through Block Arcade Circulation
110 520 Madison Avenue   Sidewalk Widening Circulation
      Urban Plaza Neighborhood
111 31 West 52nd Street Deutsche Bank Urban Plaza Neighborhood
112 51 West 52nd Street CBS Plaza Hiatus
113 1330 Sixth Avenue   Plaza Marginal
114 1301 Sixth Avenue   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Circulation
115 135 West 52nd Street Flatotel Through Block Galleria Circulation
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116 1325 Sixth Avenue 1325 Avenue of the Americas Through Block Galleria Circulation
117 825 Seventh Avenue Tower 53 Plaza Marginal
118 810 Seventh Avenue   Plaza Hiatus
119 1700 Broadway   Plaza Circulation
120 230 West 55th Street La Premiere Residential Plaza Marginal
121 151 West 54th Street Rihga Royal Hotel Through Block Connection Circulation
122 156 West 56th Street CitySpire Building Entrance Recess Area Circulation
      Through Block Connection Circulation
123 1345 Sixth Avenue Alliance Capital Plaza Neighborhood
124 1350 Sixth Avenue Men's Apparel Plaza Marginal
125 1370 Sixth Avenue 1370 Avenue of the Americas Plaza Hiatus
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126 712 Fifth Avenue   Approved Permanent Passageway Hiatus
      Building Entrance Recess Area Marginal
127 550 Madison Avenue Sony Arcade Circulation
      Covered Pedestrian Space Destination
128 535 Madison Avenue Warburg Dillon Read Arcade Circulation
      Urban Plaza Neighborhood
129 65 East 55th Street Park Avenue Tower Urban Plaza Hiatus
130 450 Park Avenue   Plaza Hiatus
131 590 Madison Avenue   Arcade Circulation
      Covered Pedestrian Space Destination
      Seating Area Destination
      Through Block Arcade Destination
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
132 725 Fifth Avenue Trump Tower Covered Pedestrian Space Destination
      Landscaped Terraces Destination
      Passageway Circulation
133 40 West 57th Street   Plaza Marginal
      Through Block Arcade Circulation
134 118 West 57th Street Le Parker Meridien Hotel Plaza Marginal
      Through Block Arcade Hiatus
135 146 West 57th Street Metropolitan Tower Through Block Connection Circulation
      Urban Plaza Hiatus
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136 899 Seventh Avenue Carnegie Hall Tower Through Block Connection Circulation
137 888 Seventh Avenue   Plaza Neighborhood
138 211 West 56th Street Carnegie Mews Plaza Marginal
139 1755 Broadway Symphony House Urban Plaza Hiatus
140 58 West 58th Street   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
141 36 Central Park South Park Lane Hotel Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
142 9 West 57th Street Solow Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Hiatus
143 767 Fifth Avenue General Motors Building at Trump International Plaza Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Neighborhood
144 500 Park Avenue 500 Park Tower Arcade Circulation
      Sidewalk Widening Circulation
      Urban Plaza Circulation
145 115 East 57th Street Galleria Covered Pedestrian Space Hiatus
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146 135 East 57th Street   Open Park Space Hiatus
      Plaza Neighborhood
147 110 East 59th Street   Arcade Marginal
      Plaza Marginal
148 499 Park Avenue   Glass-Enclosed Urban Plaza Equivalent Hiatus
      Open Urban Plaza Equivalent Marginal
      Sidewalk Widening Equivalent Marginal
      Through Block Arcade Equivalent Circulation

New York City's Privately Owned Public Spaces
Classifications

The classifications attributed to each space and the definitions of the classifications listed below are taken directly from 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.
Destination space is high-quality public space that attracts employees, residents, and visitors from outside, as well as from, the space's immediate neighborhood. Users socialize, eat, shop, view art, or attend a programmed event, although they may also visit the space for sedentary, individual activities of reading and relaxing. The design supports a broad audience: spaces are usually sizable, well proportioned, brightly lit if indoors, aesthetically interesting, and constructed with first-class materials. Amenities are varied and frequently include some combination of food service, artwork, programmatic activities, restrooms, retail frontage, and water features, as well as seating, tables, trees, and other plantings. From time to time, a single amenity like a museum will be so compelling that it alone transforms the space into a destination space.
Neighborhood space is high-quality public space that draws residents and employees from the immediate neighborhood, including the host building and surrounding buildings within a three-block radius. Users go to neighborhood space for such activities as group socializing, taking care of children, and individual reading and relaxing. Neighborhood spaces are generally smaller that destination spaces, are strongly linked with the adjacent street and host building, are oriented toward sunlight, are made with good construction materials, and are carefully maintained. Amenities typically include seating, tables, drinking fountains, water features, planting, and trees, but not food service and programmatic uses sometimes found at destination spaces.
Hiatus space is public space that accommodates the passing user for a brief stop, but never attracts neighborhood or destination space use. Usually next to the public sidewalk and small in size, such spaces are characterized by design attributes geared to their modest function, and include such basic functional amenities as seating. Hiatus spaces range from high to low quality in terms of design, amenities, and/or aesthetic appeal.
Circulation space is public space that materially improves the pedestrian's experience of moving through the city. Its principal purpose is to enable pedestrians to move faster from point A to point B, and/or to make the journey more comfortable by providing weather protection for a significant stretch. Circulation space is sometimes uncovered, sometimes covered, and sometimes fully enclosed. It is often one link in a multiblock chain of spaces. Size, location, and proportion all support its principal mission. Functional amenities that provide a reason to linger are not taken into account when classifying a space as a circulation space.
Marginal space is public space that, lacking satisfactory levels of design, amenities, or aesthetic appeal deters members of the public from using the space for any purpose. Such spaces usually have one or more of the following characteristics: barren expanses or strips of concrete or terrazzo, elevations above or below the public sidewalk, inhospitable microclimates characterized by shade or wind, no functional amenities, spiked railings on otherwise suitable surfaces, dead or dying landscaping, poor maintenance, drop-off driveways, and no measurable public use.

Privately Owned Public Space:
Introduction
Downtown -- Manhattan District 1
Greenwich Village -- Manhattan District 2
Clinton and the Upper West Side -- Manhattan Districts 4 & 7
Central Midtown -- Manhattan District 5
East Midtown -- Manhattan District 6
Upper East Side -- Manhattan Districts 8 & 11
Downtown Brooklyn -- Brooklyn District 2
Long Island City -- Queens District 2

148: 499 Park Avenue 147: 110 East 59th Street 146: 135 East 57th Street 145: 115 East 57th Street - Galleria 144: 500 Park Avenue - 500 Park Tower 143: 767 Fifth Avenue - General Motors Building at Trump International Plaza 142: 9 West 57th Street - Solow 141: 36 Central Park South - Park Lane Hotel 140: 58 West 58th Street 139: 1755 Broadway - Symphony House 138: 211 West 56th Street - Carnegie Mews 137: 888 Seventh Avenue 136: 899 Seventh Avenue - Carnegie Hall Tower 135: 145 West 57th Street - Metropolitan Tower 134: 118 West 57th Street - Le Parker Meridien Hotel 133: 40 West 57th Street 132: 725 Fifth Avenue - Trump Tower 131: 590 Madison Avenue 130: 450 Park Avenue 129: 65 East 55th Street - Park Avenue Tower 128: 535 Madison Avenue - Warburg Dillion Read 127: 550 Madison Avenue - Sony 126: 712 Fifth Avenue 125: 1370 Sixth Avenue - 1370 Avenue of the Americas 124: 1350 Sixth Avenue - Men's Apparel 123: 1345 Sixth Avenue - Alliance Capital 122: 156 West 56th Street - CitySpire 121: 151 West 54th Street - Rihga Royal Hotel 120: 230 West 55th Street - La Premiere 119: 1700 Broadway 118: 810 Seventh Avenue 117: 825 Seventh Avenue 116: 1325 Sxith Avenue - 1325 Avenue of the Americas 115: 135 West 52nd Street - Flatotel 114: 1301 Sixth Avenue 113: 1330 Sixth Avenue 112: 51 West 52nd Street - CBS 111: 31 West 52nd Street - Deutsche Bank 110: 520 Madison Avenue 109: 10 East 53rd Street - HarperCollins 108: 55 East 52nd Street - Park Avenue Plaza #107: 560 Lexington Avenue 106: 345 Park Avenue 105: 40 East 52nd Street 104: 457 Madison Avenue - New York Palace Hotel 103: 645 Fifth Avenue - Olympic Tower 102: 650 Fifth Avenue 101: 1285 Sixth Avenue - Paine Webber 100: 1633 Broadway - Paramount Plaza 99: 235 West 48th Street - Ritz 98: 745 Seventh Avenue 97: 1221 Sixth Avenue - McGraw-Hill 96: 1251 Sixth Avenue - 1251 Avenue of the Americas 95: 611 Fifth Avenue - Saks Tower 94: 12 East 49th Street - Tower 49 93: 437 Madison Avenue 92: 280 Park Avenue 91: 299 Park Avenue - Westvaco 90: 245 Park Avenue 89: 383 Madison Avenue - Bear Stearns 88: 575 Fifth Avenue 87: 1166 Sixth Avenue 86: 1211 Sixth Avenue - 1211 Avenue of the Americas 85: 1185 Sixth Avenue - Stevens Tower 84: 114 West 47th Street - United States Trust 83: 1548 Broadway - Bertelsmann 82: 1535 Broadway - Marriot Marquis 81: 1515 Broadway - One Astor Place 80: 145 West 44th Street - Millennium Broadway 79: 1155 Sixth Avenue 78: 1133 Sixth Avenue 77: 1114 Sixth Avenue - Grace 76: 6 East 43rd Street - Emigrant Savings Bank 75: 101 Park Avenue 74: 120 Park Avenue - Philip Morris 73: 489 Fifth Avenue 72: 1095 Sixth Avenue - Verizon
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56: 108 5th Avenue 57: 5 East 22nd Street 58: 50 Lexington Avenue 59: 45 East 25th Street 60: 41 Madison Avenue 61: 230 West 27th Street 62: 10 East 29th Street 63: 407 Park Avenue South 64: 475 Park Avenue South 65 1250 Broadway 66: 2 Pennsylvania Plaza 67: 1 Pennsylvania Plaza 68: 3 Park Avenue 69: 420 Fifth Avenue 70: 445 Fifth Avenue 71: 1411 Broadway