Peter Minuit PLaza and New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion Opens, May 12th, 2011, The Battery, New York City
Plaza Welcomes Over 150,000 Daily Commuters, Residents, Students and Visitors to State-of-the-Art Intermodal Transit Hub and New Open Space in Lower Manhattan
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe will join Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu, Battery Conservancy President Warrie Price, State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Council Member Margaret Chin, Dutch Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Margriet Leemhuis, Downtown Alliance Chairman Robert R. Douglass and President Elizabeth H. Berger, and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin to cut the ribbon on Peter Minuit Plaza and dedicate the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, located in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Peter Minuit Plaza is New York City’s first 21st century intermodal transportation hub, converting an intersection traveled by 150,000 residents and visitors daily into Lower Manhattan’s newest and most dynamic destination for cultural activity, entertainment and enjoyment.
Through a partnership between Parks, DOT, MTA and the Battery Conservancy, a generous gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and an innovative design by Parks Landscape Designer Gail Wittwer-Laird, and Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Amsterdam, the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion at Peter Minuit Plaza brings a new standard of open space and architecture to Lower Manhattan.
The new 1.3 acre park has a stunning granite and quartz stone plaza to create a unique public space. It seamlessly connects NYC DOT's Staten Island Ferry Terminal, MTA NYC Transit's M15 Select Bus Service and #1 and R subways, and NYC Parks' Battery Bikeway and pedestrian pathways. A new taxi stand was added along the eastern edge of the plaza. The design is showcased with the bus loop's serpentine steel canopy, the bikeway's native trees and shrubs, expansive paths lined with ever-blooming perennials, and a bronze relief map of New Amsterdam from 1660.
Anchoring the north end of the plaza is the award-winning New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion. This historic $2.3 million gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival into New York Harbor honors four centuries of Dutch-American friendship and a mutual passion for the values of innovation and creativity, diversity and openness, entrepreneurship and progress.
The Plein and Pavilion was conceived by the Battery Conservancy to create an extraordinary outdoor living room for spontaneous and scheduled activities, public markets, seating and shade, and a gleaming white, iconic, state-of-the-art pavilion, designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Amsterdam.
The design for New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion creates a 5,000-square-foot programmed space housing regional organic food by Merchant’s Market, as well as the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Visitor Information Booth.