The 41-story tower at 180 Maiden Lane changed hands in January, and the new owners are undertaking a $28 million renovation that will turn the building's glass-enclosed plaza into what the Journal calls a "mini Bryant Park." Considering Bryant Park is outside, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but developer MHP Real Estate Services plans to beef up the greenery in the 26,000-square-foot space with new trees and a 5,000-square-foot turf for picnics and games. There will also be a movie screen, lots of seating, a food kiosk, and a curated art gallery. Two-thirds of the makeover budget will be spent on the plaza, while the rest will go toward building a new conference center, a fitness center, and "a cafeteria offering restaurant-quality fare." Perkins Eastman designed all of the new spaces.
All of these upgrades are partially an effort to attract millennials, since they are such a delicate group and need to be pampered. It's no Facebook office, but kudos to 180 Maiden Lane for trying.
· Public Spaces That Aren't Just an Afterthought [WSJ]