30 Dec A more livable lower Manhattan emerging
Check out this excerpt from Who Wouldn’t Want to Occupy It? The Emergence of a More Livable Lower Manhattan
New York Magazine, December 11, 2011
Photo by Iwan Baan. Graphic from New York Magazine.
Everywhere you look, a new park has popped up.
The year’s most obvious lower-Manhattan news is the reconstruction of the World Trade Center (1) site and the inauguration of Memorial Plaza, which will eventually be joined by 1 World Trade Center, four additional towers, and the Santiago Calatrava–designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
For the locals, however, the action is in Battery Park, where an entire acre has been set aside for the Urban Farm (2), composed of 80 plots of farmers’-market-bound organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers, tended by kids from local public schools. Frank Gehry has settled in here, as well, but not to design another blockbuster building. His Battery Playspace (3) (Battery Park, State St.), is set to replace the current, outdated playground in early 2013….Just north of the South Ferry terminal is the revamped and relandscaped Peter Minuit Plaza (9 Battery Park, nr. White Hall Terminal) (7), home to a picnic-ready pavilion designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel….
Please read the entire article to see all of the other exciting things that are happening Downtown these days. We are thrilled to be part of it!