Specific upgrades will include a renovated lobby and the creation of a new vest-pocket park
near the building's entrance.
But while people who work nearby welcomed the work and city officials say the upgrade of the vest-pocket park
(which is not officially considered a park), is crucial to the revival of the area, advocates for the homeless are protesting the removal of the benches.
It hosts Yeshiva Academy, a private Jewish school; and Duffy Field, a popular grassy vest-pocket park
with a Little League baseball field and well-used playground equipment, which has been plastered in recent months with garish graffiti, some of it featuring obscenities.
Totally refurbished and transformed into one of the city's most inviting and beautiful public spaces, the vest-pocket park
adjoining the office tower at 135 East 57th St.