Escape the Cold at NYC’s Indoor Plazas

An interior view of the indoor atrium at 590 Madison Avenue with large windows, green trees, and seating areas.
Photo Credit: 590 Madison Avenue

Is Old Man Winter putting a damper on your exploration of New York City’s great outdoors? Well, you can still get out of the house and enjoy iconic scenery from NYC’s wonderful selection of indoor plazas! Besides being a way to get out of the cold and relax for a while, the plazas listed below also feature greenery, food, and in some cases, shopping options.

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Brookfield Place

Located in Downtown Manhattan, Brookfield Place is a true gem. It’s one of the larger plazas in NYC, and offers amenities such as outdoor ice skating in the winter, and a huge sun drenched area filled with palm trees for you to relax in, any time of year. With a massive food court, featuring everything from pizza to cupcakes to ramen to sushi, as well as a giant French market of prepared and ready to take home foods, the noshing possibilities at Brookfield Place area quite endless.

After you’ve had your fill of food, do a little shopping (or at least window shopping) at the center’s high end stores, which range from Burberry to Jo Malone–luxury retail at its best! You can also get your dose of self-care while you’re here, as they have an Equinox gym for a solid sweat session, and a DryBar for the perfect blowout.

Finally, be sure to check out Brookfield Place’s online calendar, as they offer free events all throughout the month, ranging from children’s story times to movies in the Winter Garden Atrium. Glenwood residents living in Barclay Tower or Liberty Plaza can basically get all of their out-of-home activities and shopping done here–one stop shop!

The hours of Brookfield Place’s public atrium are daily from 5am to 2am.


The inside of David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center eating area with a wall of live greenery.
Photo Credit: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

As you make your way uptown to the Upper West Side, check out the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, this two story atrium gets bonus points for beauty. It has a floor to ceiling fountain, a vertical wall of green plants galore, and lots of tables and chairs for relaxing. And in case you’re going to get some work done (freelancers, anyone?) you’ll be happy to know they also offer free wi-fi.

Food wise, the space offers a ‘witchcraft cafe, which is perfect for a quick bite or cup of joe. And it probably didn’t escape you that this spot is associated with Lincoln Center. Anyone interested in arts or culture will be excited to flock to this spot for their lineup of weekly free performances, which are available on their website. Glenwood residents at The Regent are just a stone’s throw from this lovely spot.

The hours of the atrium are as follows:

  • Monday-Wednesday, 8am–9pm
  • Thursday, 8am–9:30pm
  • Friday, 8am–9pm
  • Saturday, 9am–9pm
  • Sunday, 9am–6pm
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590 Madison Avenue

Heading to Midtown East, Madison Avenue and 57th Street to be exact, you’ll find another large, glass enclosed atrium. Similar to Brookfield Place in that there are lots of windows as well as plants, the space has a real feel of being in nature, even when the temperatures outside dip into the teens. There’s plenty of tables and chairs to sit at here, and plenty of room to let your little ones out of the stroller and roam safely within the contained quarters. Another perk of the space is you’ll find actual wildlife–birds chirping happily as they flit from one tree to the next.

Hungry? Grab a coffee or an entire meal at Obika Mozzarella Bar, located right inside the atrium. And there’s also an entrance to go straight into Trump Tower from the space–you’ll have to go through a security checkpoint, but it’s quick and easy. You’ll then have access to the Tower’s food court, featuring more options and additional seating. Glenwood residents residing at The Bamford or The Bristol will find this Midtown East atrium ideal.

The hours of the atrium are daily from 8am to 10pm.

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