Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Photo Courtesy of Brookfield Place

Thanks to zoning initiatives, in which the city grants 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, want to have a nice quiet lunch, or simply get some “me” time, stop in at one of these 10 great indoor public spaces in Manhattan. 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.

1. The Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

The renovated Ford Foundation 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: the scent of flowers. But keep in mind the only seating is the bench running alongside the perimeter, or the steps, so during the week, come as early as possible if you want to grab a seat for lunch.

The Ford Foundation is located at 320 E 43rd St. Take any of the trains to Grand Central Terminal.