25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
(212) 621 - 6600
DescriptionThe Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street, in midtown Manhattan, NYC.
Parking can be found at one of the private garages nearby.
The street level entrance has single and revolving glass doors.
The lobby is spacious. Two elevators take visitors to all floors.
The viewing library is spacious and comfortable with ample space between seating areas.
Multi-stall restrooms with a narrow, handicapped accessible stall are located on the 4th floor.
Additional handicapped accessible restrooms are located near the theater on the lower level.
There are no food services in the building.
- Doors: glass
Number of floors: 5
Steps and staircases: to all floors
Width of aisles: wide
Places to sit: comfortable seating in viewing room
Location of restrooms: 4th floor and lower level
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible, but narrow
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: This venue does not have parking. It can be found in private garages nearby.
A warm June day brought me into Manhattan for an appointment. With some time to spare in midtown, I decided to check out the Paley Center for Media at 25 West 52nd Street.
I entered the spacious lobby through a single glass door at street level. There are two elevators to take visitors to all floors.
Exiting the elevator on the 4th floor one enters a lovely viewing room with about 50 TV screens, headphones, and comfortable seats. At the desk ask for anything you are interested in viewing or listening to since the Center “contains nearly 150,000 television and radio programs and advertisements” (website). The staff was quite gracious in helping someone who had not been there in many years (long before they went digital). Sit down in one of the comfortable chairs, put on the headphones and enjoy yourself. I took an hour to revisit the premiere episode of “Sesame Street,” bringing back fond memories of my early days of motherhood.
Restrooms with a narrow handicapped accessible stall are located just off the screening room. Although I did not see the theater on the lower level I was told that it is wheelchair accessible with a handicapped accessible restroom located nearby.
Besides the extensive library, the Center offers numerous live events and childrens programs. A brochure in the lobby showcased the upcoming events and explained the summer programs for children. I had no idea that the Center offered such interesting, live programming (from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman). Be sure to check it out! I definitely will!
Although there are no food services in the building, one can find many places to eat close by.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.paleycenter.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”