No, this isn’t a restaurant that promises to transport you to Berlin through its Bratwurst and Apfelstrudel, nor is it a gallery showcasing art from the German capital. This is a literal chunk of Berlin that crossed the Atlantic 25 years ago to call New York its home.
Standing in the lobby of 520 Madison is a 33,000-pound section of the Berlin Wall.
These five sections of the Wall, painted by Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny, were bought and brought in from Berlin by mega real estate developer, Jerry I. Speyer in 1990. They used to be displayed outside in the plaza, but after years of damage from the nearby water fountain and after a session of conservation efforts, the pieces got moved inside.
It’s a bit unexpected to see something of historical significance in the middle of corporate America, but hey, I’ll take it.
This chunk of history is open to the public and on view during normal business hours. You can enter the building on either 53 or 54 Street between Fifth and Madison.