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Battery Park City



World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry - 1982 by BlueVoter, on Flickr


Battery Park City is a 92-acre planned community at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan in New York City, United States. The land upon which it stands was created on the Hudson River using 1.2 million cubic yards of soil and rocks excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center and certain other construction projects, as well as from sand dredged from New York Harbor off Staten Island. The neighborhood, which is the site of the World Financial Center along with numerous housing, commercial and retail buildings, is named for adjacent Battery Park.

In 1968, the New York State Legislature created the Battery Park City Authority to oversee development. The New York State Urban Development Corporation and ten other public agencies were also involved in the development project. For the next several years, the BPCA made slow progress. In 1969, it unveiled a master plan for the area, and in 1972 issued $200 million in bonds to fund construction efforts. Landfill material from construction of the World Trade Center was used to add land. Cellular cofferdams were constructed to retain the material.


Battery Park City towers concept, 1969

Including new home foe NY Stock Exchange:


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And offices and apartments:


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BPC site in 1974:


1974 BATTERY PARK CITY NYT by PlaNYC, on Flickr


By 1976 the landfill was completed; in many cases, the pre-existing piers were simply buried. Construction efforts ground to a halt for nearly two years beginning in 1977, as a result of city-wide financial hardships. In 1979, the title to the landfill was transferred from the city to the Battery Park City Authority, which financially restructured itself and created a new, more viable master plan, designed by Alex Cooper and Stanton Eckstut. The design of BPC to some degree reflects the values of vibrant city neighborhoods championed by Jane Jacobs. The Urban Land Institute awarded the Battery Park City Master Plan its 2010 Heritage Award, for having "facilitated the private development of 9.3 million square feet of commercial space, 7.2 million square feet of residential space, and nearly 36 acres of open space in lower Manhattan, becoming a model for successful large-scale planning efforts and marking a positive shift away from the urban renewal mindset of the time."




Battery Park City Map (linework) by amproehl, on Flickr


While development of individual tracts or blocks was somewhat hopscotched, Battery Park City was essentially broken down to four major components: the north section of parks, apartments and liveable communities; The World Financial Center and Battery Park Marina, a massive commercial office development designed by Caesar Pelli and Assoc. tied into the World Trade Center; Gateway Towers, the first BPC development which consisted of apartment towers arranged in the classic 'tower and plaza' configuation; and the southern section along West St. of hotels and apartments developed well into the 1990s.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s the site hosted Creative Time's landmark Art on the Beach sculpture exhibitions. On September 23, 1979, the landfill was the site of an anti-nuclear rally attended by 200,000 people. The "beach" offered an austere, Burning Man-like setting for art projects large and small, many by world famous artists.


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08 Battery Park Landfill Art On the Beach NYC November 1980 by Lather and Froth, on Flickr


11 Battery Park Landfill Art On the Beach NYC July 1984 by Lather and Froth, on Flickr


12a Battery Park Landfill Art On the Beach NYC July 1984 by Lather and Froth, on Flickr


12 Alice Aycock Battery Park Landfill Art On the Beach NYC November 1980 by Lather and Froth, on Flickr


17 Battery Park Landfill Art On the Beach NYC November 1980 by Lather and Froth, on Flickr


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Construction began on the first residential building in 1980, followed in 1981 with the start of construction on the World Financial Center. Olympia and York, of Toronto, was named as the developer for the World Financial Center in 1981, who then hired Cesar Pelli as the lead architect. By 1985, construction was completed and the World Financial Center saw its first tenants.



Throughout the 1980s, the Battery Park City Authority oversaw a great deal of construction, including the entire Rector Place neighborhood and the river Esplanade. It was during this period that current City Planning Department Director Amanda Burden worked on Battery Park City. During the 1980s a total of 13 buildings were constructed. In the early 1990s, Battery Park City became the new home of the Stuyvesant High School. During the 1990s an additional 6 buildings were added to the neighborhood. By the turn of the 21st century, Battery Park City was mostly completed, with the exception of some ongoing construction on West Street.
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The RitzCarlton tops out, April 2001



World Trade Center, NYC, April 2001 by Matt 1986, on Flickr
 

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The construction of the twin towers was more impressive and massive than the new WTC. This towers did show americas power, but i am not really convinced by the new building. I do not want the exact twin towers to be rebuilt, but something massive not only to remember the ones that lost their lives but to honor them and i am not getting that feeling right now seems like new WTC is just a group of buildings that are not the tallest ones in the United States
 

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the memorial is to remember those who lost their lives, the buildings are there to make someone some money & provide office space.
 

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Pier ruin clearance across from WTC for Battery Park City, 1973


Pier ruins across West Street from World Trade Center. March 1973. Battery Park City and the World Financial Center would be built here in later years. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


Pier ruins by West Side Highway on West Street by World Trade Center. Battery Park City would be built here in later years. March 1973. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


Abandoned pier ruins on the Hudson River by West Street near West Side highway across from World Trade Center. Battery Park City would be built here in later years. March 1973. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


Battery Park fill area awaits new development 1974


Battery Park City landfill, NY Telephone Co, West Side Highway and World Trade Center. 1974 New York by wavz13, on Flickr

Southward push of infill towards harbor, 1974


World Trade Center south to harbor and Battery Park City landfill. 1974. New York by wavz13, on Flickr

Looking towards Jersey City


Battery Park City landfill looking to Jersey City. 1975 New York by wavz13, on Flickr

Reeds grow amid the fresh fill


Battery Park City landfill muck, a stand of reeds and Lower Manhattan. June 1974 New York by wavz13, on Flickr


Work on shoring up and completing the landfill area 1975


NY Phone Company, Vesey Street and World Trade Center from Battery Park City landfill. The new WTC is being built where the dark building (6 World Trade Center) used to be. 1975. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


Battery Park City being built opposite World Trade Center (3). New York. 1975 by wavz13, on Flickr


Battery Park City being built opposite World Trade Center. Jersey City factories across the Hudson (6). New York. 1975 by wavz13, on Flickr


Battery Park City being built opposite World Trade Center (5). New York. 1975 by wavz13, on Flickr


West Side Highway by World Trade Center, Brooklyn Battey Tunnel and Battery Park City landfill. 1975. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


West Side Highway north to World Trade Center. 1975. New York by wavz13, on Flickr


View from Pier A's fire escape. Battery Park City landfill, West Side Highway, World Trade Center and lots of colorful 1970s cars on a rainy, foggy day. New York. 1975 by wavz13, on Flickr
 

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Great photos. :)
The great towers of the world... Would like to have kept my 1 World Trade Centre office on the 75th floor with great views of Midtown Manhattan...
 

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Discussion Starter · #72 · (Edited)
Battery Park City, April 1981

Work on the Gateway Towers progresses rapidly. Note the Vista International Hotel (3WTC) nearing completion.



aerial view of lower manhattan looking south from hudson river april 1981 by eralsoto, on Flickr

Battery Park City, February 1982

Gateway Towers are topping out while foundation work on new residential buildings awaits warmer weather.



aerial view of lower manhattan looking northeast february 1982 by eralsoto, on Flickr

Battery Park City, March 1983

Foundation work for the residential towers as well as the soon-to-be-built World Financial Center is well underway.



aerial view of lower manhattan looking east march 1983 by eralsoto, on Flickr



World Trade Center. by Manhattan4, on Flickr
 

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Battery Park City, March 1983

Foundation work for the residential towers as well as the soon-to-be-built World Financial Center is well underway.
And the West Side Highway deck was removed and replaced with West Street by this time too. I love seeing these old pics from the 70s and 80s! :)
 

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A Building Project Like No Other

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World Trade Center is just one of the brilliant products of humanity. Im glad you have a wide collection of pictures, even the oldest ones. And it's really saddening to know what happened. It's been 10 years already.
God bless America!

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Hi

First post here. Ive been keeping an eye on this particular thread and have noticed some posters asking for some shots of the antenna being erected. If you google peter b kaplan stock photography and link surf to the " height workers" category,you will find a few of them in there,taken some 1600 feet above Lower Manhattan.
 
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