In A City, Little Things Mean A Lot

An unlikely new beacon is glowing in the claustrophobic canyon of Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

The once-shadowy hole of an arcade and covered space at 560 Lexington Avenue had become an oasis of light.

The old enclosure was secured at night with a roll-down grille, but now the new area is closed by moving a hinged wall section into place, creating a transparent glass sculpture.

The light and the new enclosure are worth noting because it shows that dismal spaces can be rehabilitated, writes The New York Times. There are more than 500 privately owned public spaces in the city. Most of them, having generated extra development potential for their builders, turned out to be fairly skimpy as public spaces, which was the case at 560 Lexington Avenue.

The open area, light, and glass create a more attractive, safe space.

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