The indoor portion of this privately owned public space (POPS) is tolerable, barely. A POPS is “an amenity provided and maintained by a developer for public use, in exchange for additional floor area.” POPS can vary in quality, but the covered public spaces tend to offer more amenities, like cafes and public restrooms, and they tend to be better maintained.
The covered POPS at 622 3rd Avenue is, essentially, the lobby of an office building, and it is not used much by the public for good reason. There were some stone benches for the public to use, but the absense of softer surfaces or materials–everything was glass or stone–made the space an echo chamber. The space was so live that the sudden chatter of workers leaving the lobby elevators was startling. So this public space could be useful if one had to escape a sudden storm, but 622 3rd Avenue is not a place to linger or enjoy.
The nearby outdoor POPS looked nice, though, and there are tables and chairs for public use in the adjacent court yard. There is also a second level terrace that’s the public may use, and an elevator is provided for access by the physically disabled.
Unlike other covered POPS, the public space at 622 3rd Avenue does not provide public bathrooms. In short, the indoor POPS will serve in a pinch but it is less than inviting.
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Landscaped Terrace w/ access for disabled open same hours from April 1st through November 1st, but weekdays only from November 2nd through March 31st (winter hours)
622 3rd Avenue (at 40th Street), New York, NY 10017