The lobby of 60 Wall Street, the American headquarters of Deutsche Bank, is a privately owned public space (POPS). A POPS is an “amenity provided and maintained by a developer for public use, in exchange for additional floor area.” Amenities typically are outdoor plazas or seating areas that may be used by the general public without charge, but occasionally, as here, the space is indoors and climate controlled.
During an early afternoon visit, the lobby of 60 Wall Street registered a positively peaceful 66.9 decibels. Even though every inch of the lobby is clad in stone, glass, or some other hard surface, peace is maintained due to the high vaulted atrium. The lobby is much louder during the morning and evening rush as employees stream into the space and head to the elevators, but the space was not empty during our visit. In fact, three separate tour groups were assembling in the lobby, and many of the tables and chairs were occupied.
The lobby has a Starbucks, newsstand, and a deli/cafe available for food and drinks, but you are not required to purchase from them to sit at the tables. One public toilet is also provided, but use it only if absolutely necessary as it can best be described as challenging. The rest of the space is very well maintained.
Covered pedestrian space open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Arcade open 24 hours
60 Wall Street (betw. William and Pearl), NY, NY 10005