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    Default Public Spaces - How public are they?

    I notice there are quite a few privately owned "public spaces" throughout the city, usually part of a large office building. However, I notice some of them now require bag checks due to heightened security. What do you think? Personally I dont mind that much, as long as its open. I still wonder how these agreements work, and what obligations the property owner has towards the public space.

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    Somewhat on subject the Oceana development in Brighton Beach has a 'public park' as required by law, however not once have the gates been unlocked... hmm..

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    There may be some good and bad plazas, but this article really picked some bad (er, good?) examples to pick on.

    Someone would have to go way out of their way to get a mid day photo of an empty plaza at the Seagram Building. Judging from the fact that the fountains aren't on, it must have been 15 degrees outside. I pass by there somewhat regularly, and during the day, particularly around lunch time it is packed with people, many actually sitting arround on the ground. Go there around 1 pm on a week day. Packed.

    On a summer day the GM (now Trump) plaza is so packed with people you have to walk out into the streets to get around the crowds.

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