Parks & Public Spaces

Midtown Manhattan contains many vibrant parks, including Bryant Park, Union Square Park and Madison Square Park. These parks attract thousands of people every day and offer a respite from the bustle of the city. Central Park, one of New York’s biggest and most recognizable, borders our district. Visitors to the district’s parks can enjoy activities and programming year round. The Bryant Park Corporation, for example, offers birdwatching classes and ping pong tournaments. Members of the public can apply for permits to hold events in the city’s parks and CB5 plays a role in determining whether they are an appropriate use of city space.

Public space is an important counterbalance to New York’s density. Pedestrian plazas, such as those in Times Square, Herald Square and the Flatiron Plaza, provide the opportunity for people to sit, mingle and play. One recent addition to the district’s public space offerings is Plaza33, located on 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. CB5 reviews applications for the use of pedestrian plazas, parks and other public spaces.

Meetings are generally the first Monday of the month at 6pm. Meeting time and location subject to change. Please refer to our calendar.


Parks & Public Spaces Committee Members
Clayton Smith (Chair)
Craig Slutzkin (Vice Chair)
David Achelis
Frank Baquero
Andreas Benzing
Steve Bruman
Aaron Ford
Dominic Gatto
John B. Harris, Jr.
William Heyer
Sam Johnson
Michael Kaback
Blaga Lucic
Kim McCall
Tod Shapiro
Daniel Spence
Rachel Weintraub


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