200 West 79th Street

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In essence extra sidewalk, the plaza wraps around the full blockfront residential building on three sides, from West 78th Street to the west side of Amsterdam Avenue to West 79th Street. Tree-filled planters, some with spikes on their ledges, dot the space. A glass-enclosed café occupies part of the plaza at the northwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 78th Street. No record of City approval for such use has been found.

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


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  1. submitted by: I. Feldman

    How does a building get to take over extra public Plaza space for a glass-enclosed cafe without providing even the most minimal public benches and trees or planters on the big, empty concrete sidewalk that surrounds the building on 3 sides? It seems like more ought to be offered for the public, especially if they want to keep using the public space for their commercial cafe.