140 East 45th Street

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These lean public spaces are located in front of the East 44th and 45th Street entrances to this office tower, mid-block between Third and Lexington Avenues. A diminutive rectangular urban plaza on East 44th Street fills the tower setback space, and features a round, brick, flower-filled planter with seating ledge. A loading dock provides occasional interest to the east. At a recent site visit, the three movable chairs were not in evidence. Immediately north, a three-story-high arcade covers the entrance to the private through-block lobby.

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

On the East 45th Street side of the building is more arcade space made interesting only because physical and legal typologies diverge: part of the arcade is under the building, as a physical arcade space is meant to be, but part of it is instead under a canopy, as only a legal arcade might be. The sidewalk widening completes the public spaces here. Tiny dish planters holding bushes and ivy are scattered about.


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1 User Submission

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

    During a July 2014 walk through of the space, we observed that the amenities are concentrated at the southern end of the POPS, and that no litter receptacle was found at the time of the survey.