How Yorkville Ended Up With So Much Dead Public Space

Martin Pedersen of Metropolis Magazine explains how a city ordinance termed the 'plaza bonus,' lead to the creation of more than five hundred "privately financed, privately owned, but public spaces."

Pedersen amusingly finds that in his Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, the 'plaza bonus,' created oppressive height rather than providing a relief from the canyons common to much of Manhattan. The corresponding public spaces are some of the most "forlorn in the city," and seem attractive only to dogs in urgent need of a bathroom.

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