360 East 57th Street

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No matter how small, an easily accessible plaza with functional amenities will be used. This miniature plaza on the west side of First Avenue slightly south of East 57th Street is a good example. Flanking the entrance corridor, albeit just beyond the protective reach of the overhead glass canopy, are wood benches built into white planters filled with flowers and shrubs. A bench with a more public visage on the sidewalk is almost always occupied. The odd, sunken plaza space closer to East 57th Street is entered down a stairwell leading to a floor of decorative rocks.

Photo: Kayden et al. (2000)
Photo: Kayden et al. (2000)

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2 User Submissions

  1. submitted by: Christopher Consalvo, Manhattan Community Board 6

    During a July 2014 walk through of the space, we observed that although this area is not required to provide any amenities, it has attempted to provide a drinking fountain and seating. Unfortunately the drinking fountain provided is not functioning. Overall, we found the space is very bare and uninviting. Being in front of a residential building, passers-by may feel uncomfortable using the space. We observed the following amenities:

    • Non-functioning water fountain
    • Stairway
    • Decorative rocks
    • Planting
    • Trees
    • Seating

  2. submitted by: Rafael

    Recently renovated. Benches were removed. Now has a stone wall, but it isn’t obvious that you can sit there.