Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd St.
Designed by well-known German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in collaboration with American Philip Johnson, Seagram’s Plaza inspired the city to pass a resolution for more public space in 1961. While the resolution was not completely successful, it did lead to enough of these spaces for me to write this book!
There are two issues with this space, though I love it on the whole. It was built during a time when accessibility was not a major concern for builders. As such, the plaza, as well as the two side entrances, are raised from the sidewalk by several steps. With that said, it is a nice place to catch some rays and people-watch if it is not too hot outside.