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Visual Improvements at Plaza33

Resurfacing treatment makes the plaza more attractive and easier to maintain.

Vornado Realty Trust

Plaza33, the plaza on 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, provided by Vornado Realty Trust and maintained by 34th Street Partnership, has a new look this summer. A resurfacing directed by 34th Street’s  Design Department is the first step that will make the area even more inviting for office-workers and shoppers.

We resurfaced the area with MMAX®, a new material specially created for bike and bus lanes that combines resins with aggregate and premium pigments to produce an extremely durable, highly visible, non-slip surface. NYC Department of Transportation has adopted this same material for new bus lanes in the city.

After testing various shades of gray, we chose colors that produced the desired contrast, while maintaining the plaza’s original monochromatic design but are a bit darker in order to better camouflage dirt and ensure easier maintenance.

In addition to the resurfacing, we have also embarked on a project to refurbish all of the wooden furniture in the plaza. Independently, The Pennsy is currently working on renovations that will enhance the visitors experience there and will help the dining area connect better aesthetically with the plaza. The overall effect will be to create an inviting, well-maintained area combining One Penn Plaza, Plaza33, and The Pennsy

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