The third of the Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. In 2000, the Battery Park City Authority imposed mandatory “Green Guidelines” for all new construction and in 2003 the Solaire became the first residential building in the U.S. constructed to LEED environmental standards. Others we will visit followed, making BPC the nation’s first green community. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.
This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.
Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.
Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.