Thanks to zoning initiatives, where the city granted buildings the rights to additional air space (i.e. taller buildings) in exchange for indoor and outdoor public areas, there are quite a few indoor public access areas in the least likely of locations. If you’re looking for a unique meeting spot, have a nice quiet lunch, or simply get some “me” time, stop in at one of these 10 great locations. Good news if you are a CitiBiker – all of these locations have Citibikes either directly in front of the main entrances, or just across the street.
The tropical foliage and pond inside the Ford Foundation Building. Source: KRJDA.
The atrium is the perfect indoor lunch escape, It literally is like sitting inside of a small, plush green house. The air is filled with something that most New Yorkers don’t expect in the vicinity of 42nd Street: flowers. But keep in mind the only seating is the bench running alongside the perimeter, or the steps, so during come as early as possible over lunch.
320 E 43rd St – Take any of the trains in Grand Central Terminal