In an excellent article written by Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, we are advised that the New York City Council recently adopted a zoning text that updates public space signage and seating regulations at privately owned public spaces (POPS) like plazas, arcades, sidewalk widenings and other public accessible spaces. These spaces are usually created by a variance or floor area bonus.
The new ordinance also applies to seating including benches, movable chairs and seat walls. The tables and chairs must be available to the public without restriction and must comply with circulation requirements as defined in the text.
The full requirements are set forth in Local Law 116 as amended by Local Law 250. The new requirements become effective February 5, 2020.