2. 520 Madison Avenue: Berlin Wall Remnant

Two doors east of Paley Park is this gem of a pocket park. It sits behind 520 Madison Avenue on 53rd Street. Here you can sit at one of the many moveable tables and chairs, listen to the water cascading down the side of the building to the west, but there is something different here. There used to be pieces of the Berlin Wall on display in the courtyard across from the waterfall. Yes, that Berlin Wall. Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer and owner of the plaza purchased the piece from the East German government and had it installed in 1990 outside in the courtyard. However, the constant spray from the waterfall caused damage to the piece causing it to be removed for restoration in 2015. After the restoration pieces of wall were returned to 520 Madison but put inside in the lobby.  However, as of