What new York lacks in public squares it makes up for in POPS, or privately owned public spaces. London has its squares, Rome has its piazzas, and New York has its POPS, meant to provide light, air, breathing room, and green space in the city’s most populated areas. Not surprisingly, due to Manhattan’s small size (it’s only 2 miles, or 3 km, at its widest), many of these spaces are found in the lobbies of skyscrapers. One of my favorite spaces is 60 Wall Street, a 24-hour atrium that’s frequented by the power lunch crowd working in the Financial District, street kids, and tourists alike.
It’s a great spot to eat a quick, casual lunch, but even if you’re just passing by, its interiors alone are worth the stop. If, like me, you enjoy pop culture of the 1980s, you’ll love the flashy marble walls and indoor palm trees, which give the impression that time has not touched this POPS since it opened more than 30 years ago.
While you’re in the Financial District: