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Battery Park City, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Battery Park City is definitely known for its abundance of public green space, but private green space isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when thinking of its modern apartment buildings. However, this townhouse unit at the One Rector Park condo at 333 Rector Place is a slice of suburbia in the city. The duplex home has four bedrooms plus a home office, as well as a two-car driveway and a fenced-in backyard with both a deck area and a faux grass lawn. With 2,448 square feet of interior space and another 1,413 square feet outside, the home is asking $4 million.

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Battery Park City, Policy

Rendering courtesy fo Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

A new monument honoring essential workers will no longer be built in Battery Park City’s Rockefeller Park after the community protested its location. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month plans to construct at the Lower Manhattan park a “Circle of Heroes” memorial, which would include a circle of maple trees and an eternal flame. Opponents argue the monument would reduce green space and called out the governor’s office for not working with the community. As seen in a video posted on Instagram last week and as first reported by Gothamist, George Tsunis, the chair of the Battery Park City Authority, told local residents: “This site is going to change. It’s going to be a new site.”

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Battery Park City, City Living

All renderings courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office

A monument honoring the essential workers who served New Yorkers throughout the coronavirus pandemic will open in Battery Park City by Labor Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The “Circle of Heroes” memorial will include a circle of 19 maple trees, representing the individual groups of essential workers and their contributions. In the center, an eternal flame will honor those lost to COVID, according to the governor.

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Art, Battery Park City

Photos courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office on Flickr

A memorial honoring the thousands of victims of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico in 2017, opened in Battery Park City last week. Designed by Puerto Rico-based architect Segundo Cardona and artist Antonio Martorell, the memorial, “My Cry Into the World,” features an ascending glass spiral that evokes both a hurricane and a shell, symbolizing protection for “living organisms against a hostile environment.” The memorial is located at the overlook near Chambers Street.

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Cool Listings, Features

The best NYC apartments for sale under $500K

By Devin Gannon, Thu, August 27, 2020

Like New York City, the real estate market is slowly starting to recover, with hundreds of new apartment listings posted each day. With some industry experts calling it a buyer’s market due to an increase in inventory citywide, we’re taking a look at some of the best deals for apartments on the market that are listed for under $500,000. From a spacious two-bedroom with a balcony and an outdoor pool in Riverdale to a charming studio with unique architectural details in Prospect Heights, find out what $500,000 can get you in NYC right now.

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Battery Park City, Cool Listings

70 Little West Street, The Visionaire

Listing photos courtesy of Warburg Realty

Famed architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli completed the LEED Platinum-certified Battery Park City condo tower The Visionaire in 2008, two years after construction began on One World Trade Center. Today, many of its apartments have stunning views of the tallest building in the western hemisphere, including this two-bedroom unit currently listed for $1,750,000. The unique shape of the living space, coupled with its 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, put this view front and center.

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Battery Park City, Museums

An aerial view of Battery Park City showing the Museum of Jewish Heritage, via Wikimedia Commons

“To address the disturbing number of anti-Semitic and other discriminatory attacks in New York, the Governor is proposing a first-in-the-nation domestic terrorism law,” reads a bullet point from Cuomo’s 2020 agenda. As part of this larger hate crime anti-terrorism act, the Governor has directed the Battery Park City Authority to develop an expansion plan for the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust so that it will become a “learning destination for school children across the state.”

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Battery Park City, Construction Update, Financial District

The site in December 2018, Photo by Tdorante10 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s been more than two years since reconstruction work on the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the World Trade Center stopped due to lack of funding, but the project is finally set to resume. On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to form a new non-profit organization with an independent 13-member board—the Friends of St. Nicholas—who will oversee the remaining construction. The expected opening is slated for 2022.

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Battery Park City

Image via Wiki Commons

The search is on for the architect or artist who will design the Hurricane Maria Memorial in Battery Park City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for the project last September, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall. The tragic event claimed more than 3,000 lives and brought more than 11,000 displaced victims to New York. The memorial will be a way for the city to honor the victims and survivors, as well as the city’s strong connection to Puerto Rico.

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Battery Park City, Design

west thames bridge, wxy, nyc bridge

Rendering by WXY architecture + urban design

A new pedestrian bridge in Lower Manhattan will open this fall, more than ten years after it was proposed, the city announced Wednesday. The 230-foot West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge replaces the Rector Street Bridge, a temporary structure built after two bridges in the area were destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Designed by engineer Thornton Tomassetti and WXY architecture + urban design, the $45 million bridge crosses West Street and connects Battery Park City with the Financial District.

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