Pocket Parks of NYC
Just in case any of my readers are interested in the process, I had to stop earlier than I did during the spring and summer due to the shortened days. I was amazed when I looked at my watch and it was only 3:00! Before the change back to Standard Time, I usually wrapped things up closer to 6pm. The good news is that I discovered four new parks that were not on my list.
One of the parks that was on my list was the indoor public space, 575 Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the space is on 47th St. just east of 5th Avenue. It’s a wonder I never saw this, but it is understandable. The outside is deceptive, looking like the usual shops and department stores. When you enter on 47th St., however, you discover a large space that ascends four stories high. The most important space for my purposes is the well-lit entry level where tables and chairs are scattered. Public restrooms are located on the main and the second floors, a welcome site for those of us who visit, but do not live or have an office in the city. Built in 1983, the space has not been fully realized as the retail space the developers intended, but it is still an excellent place to stop off if you need a rest, especially on a rainy day.