There are 499 places in Manhattan, 4 places in Brooklyn, and 1 place in Queens that are what the city calls privately owned public space. That happens when builders get exemptions to local zoning laws in exchange for providing open space for public use. This post is for renters and non-renters as a tip to help you know your rights to enjoy the city.
The link I’ve given you has maps and descriptions of all 503 of these privately owned public spaces. Several of these spaces in Manhattan are in hotel lobbies that include restrooms, like the Parker Meridien Hotel at 118 W. 57 St (#134 on the map), and you don’t have to be a guest or buy anything from a lobby bar to use them. When I lived in midtown Manhattan with a roommate and she needed some time alone in the apartment, I would hang in the public spaces near me for free. The closest to me was the Citygroup Center at E. 53 St.
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