246 Spring Street

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  1. submitted by: Catherine Z.

    The urban plaza located at 246 Spring Street was constructed in 2010 and is owned by Trump Soho Hotel. Constructed in 2010, it is a through-block space, connecting Dominick Street to Spring Street, and running parallel to Varick Street and 6th Avenue.

    According to signage posted at Dominick Street, the plaza must include: 17 trees, 13 movable tables, and 52 movable chairs, in addition to 148.75 linear feet of bench-style seating with backs and 108 linear feet without backs. No benches have armrests.

    The plaza is bookended by retail frontage at the northwest and southwest corners. Between the shop windows, the building façade is made of brick. There are a half-dozen movable tables with chairs along that wall. The center of the plaza is clear of street furniture and used as a pedestrian thoroughfare.

    The eastern edge of the plaza is lined with thigh-high planters, which form five seating areas of different sizes, each of which include wooden benches with and without backs. The planters are covered in greenery. About half of the trees are located in planters, with the other planted into the ground with no tree-bed. A roughly 15” fence lines the wall, with greenery growing on it.

    At the time of my visit, at 3:00 pm on September 27, 2017, roughly two-dozen people were seated, both alone and in groups of two to eight. They included office workers, construction workers, and young people. Some were smoking and one was lying down. Another dozen pedestrians walked across the length of the plaza, in addition to a biker.

    Neither a security guard nor a gate was visible. The plaza appears to be adequately maintained. At the time of my visit, third of the benches were being repainted. The six garbage cans appear to have been recently emptied and little litter was observed. Oddly, sound seemed to be drown out by an overhead ventilation system. There was little sunlight (save for that reflected off the eastern wall) and limited airflow.

  2. submitted by: Catherine Z.

    View of 246 Spring Street from Dominick Street.

  3. submitted by: Catherine Z.

    View of the urban plaza at 246 Spring Street from Dominick Street.

  4. submitted by: Blake Smith

    245 Spring Street was recovering from the lunch rush when I arrived. Four people where sitting at the tables and chairs, eating lunch, smoking, and talking on the phone. The sign designating its status as a POP was well advertised with what struck me as a notably large sign.

    The manager of the property seems invested in it’s maintenance, as they where refinishing the seating as I arrived. The space remained open despite this upkeep though.

    Direct light is limited, understandable seeing as it sits between two relatively, compared to the rest of the neighborhood, large buildings. Regardless, it seems like a well maintained and utilized, if sparse, place.