575 5th Avenue (L’Oreal Building) is a privately owned private space (POPS). The lobby is a covered and climate controlled public space with plenty of tables, chairs, and benches for sitting and eating. Some POPS are obvious afterthoughts, with little effort to make them useful or comfortable, but not this one. One sure sign that a POPS is considerate and well thought out is whether it actually is used. By that measure, the POPS at 575 5th Avenue is a success–it was packed when we visited.
Despite the crowds–every table taken and very little seating was available–and even though the lobby was clad in stone with metal and glass accents, the space registered a very reasonable 70.7 decibels. It’s clear that the high atrium must wick the noise away, because the space was fairly comfortable.
The POPS has a newstand and Starbucks, but you don’t have to purchase anything to use the space. In fact, many of the people eating at the tables came in with food they had obviously purchased elsewhere. The lobby also has public bathrooms and they are clean! And no hand dryers, just paper towels! This is our favorite indoor POPS.
7:00 a.m. to midnight every day
575 5th Avenue (at the corner of 47th Street), NY, NY 10018