By the late 1950s, the once prosperous port area of downtown
Manhattan was occupied by a number of dilapidated shipping piers,
casualties of the rise of container shipping which drove sea traffic to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. The initial proposal to reclaim this area through landfill was offered in the early 1960s by private firms and supported by the Mayor. This plan became complicated when Governor Nelson Rockefeller
announced his desire to redevelop a part of the area as a separate
project. The various groups reached a compromise, and in 1966 the
governor unveiled the proposal for what would become Battery Park City.
The creation of architect Wallace K. Harrison,
the proposal called for a 'comprehensive community' consisting of
housing, social infrastructure and light industry. The landscaping of
the parkspace and later the Winter Garden was designed by M. Paul Friedberg.
In 1968, the New York State Legislature created the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) 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.
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
(ULI) 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."
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.
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
Current residential neighborhoods of Battery Park City are divided
into a north and south section, separated by the World Financial Center
Complex. The southern section, extending down from the Winter Garden, is
the more densely populated region, containing Gateway Plaza, and Rector
Place apartment buildings. The northern section, although still under
very large construction, consists entirely of large, 20-45 story
buildings which are all various shades of orange brick.
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
had a major impact on Battery Park City. The residents of lower
Manhattan and particularly of Battery Park City were displaced for ten
Parts of the community were an official crime-scene and therefore a few
residents were unable to return to live or even collect property for a
longer period of time. When they were finally allowed to return to
Battery Park City, some residents of the Gateway Plaza complex reported
their homes had been looted. Upon return the air in the area was still
filled with toxic smoke from the World Trade Center fires that persisted
until January 2002.
Gateway Plaza's 600 building, Hudson View East and, the then Parc
Place, now Rector Square were punctured by airplane parts and severely
contaminated. The Winter Garden and other portions of the World
Financial Center were severely damaged. Environmental concerns regarding
dust from the Trade Center were a source of concern for many residents,
scientists, and elected officials. Since the attacks, the damage has
been repaired. While a substantial portion of the area's residents moved
away permanently, temporarily reduced rents and government subsidies
helped restore residential occupancy in the years following the attacks.
1980s: 13 buildings, 9 residential and 4 commercial
1990s: 6 buildings, 5 residential and 1 commercial
2000s: 10 buildings, 6 residential, 3 mixed use and 1 commercial
2010s: 3 buildings, 1 commercial(completed) and 2 residential(under construction)
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