A public plaza sits at 34th street and First Avenue on the NorthEast corner. During nice weather you can sit and enjoy your lunch as the traffic passes by. The plaza sits outside the apartment building Rivergate a 35-floor, 702-unit building just off the corner.
Public plazas are everywhere in NYC. They are privately owned public spaces (outdoor and indoor) provided to the public by private owners in exchange for bonus floor area or waivers on buildings, an incentive first introduced into New York City’s zoning regulations in 1961. There are 550+ privately owned public spaces (POPS) in NYC.
This public space has tables and chairs, benches for sitting, trees, bike racks, a children’s play area and a beautiful statue by David Fried, called Stemmer, made of mirror polished stainless steel.