Help Us Put the Public back in “Privately Owned Public Spaces”

Use #APOPS to share your POPS photo

November 13, 2018

We need your help to bring public attention to one of New York’s best kept secrets! Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) account for 80 acres of open space in some of the most congested neighborhoods in the city, the result of a bargain that gave developers the right to build larger and higher if they create public assets at the street level. But too few New Yorkers know a POPS when they see one, and these cherished spaces often go underutilized in the very neighborhoods where they could make the biggest difference.

That’s where you come in. Along with our partner Jerold Kayden, MAS currently maps and monitors POPS across New York City on our Advocates for POPS (APOPS) site. We’re ready to add more than 70 new POPS to the page, but we need photos for them. Help your fellow New Yorkers identify and enjoy these public assets the way they were intended by sending us your photograph (mobile phone images are fine!) from any of the POPS locations listed here.

Keep reading for information on how to submit your photo! And thank you from everyone at MAS.

public space atrium at Trump Tower, 590 Madison Avenue
POPS at 590 Madison Avenue.


  1. Find a location of a POPS that needs a photo, listed here.
  2. Submit your photo by filling out this form or sharing your image on social media. See below for social media submission guidelines.


Visit the Municipal Art Society on Facebook, and post your photo to our page. Remember to include the address and use #APOPS!

Instagram or Twitter

Add #APOPS and the address of the location to your post.
And make sure your account is set to public (otherwise we won’t see your photo!)

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by submitting your photo, you grant the Municipal Art Society of New York a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed. Any photograph used will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Municipal Art Society of New York will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Help us continue our preservation advocacy for all New Yorkers.