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    Lots of progress around Peter Minuit Plaza and areas adjacent to ferry terminal ...

    A new Bike Path from the Plaza to the East River Piers:



    On the upper deck of the ferry building progress down below is apparent:









    They've started to put the cladding on the framework for the bus stop canopies:









    Ready for pavers and planting:



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    Peter Minuit Plaza from the corner of Whitehall and State Street; trees here will be a welcome sight:



    A whole batch are waiting nearby in the shade at Battery Park:





    The pavilion portion of the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion arrived a year ago and is more than ready to greet visitors. It's by architect Ben van Berkel, a gift from the Dutch to the people of America honoring the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudsonís arrival in New York Harbour:



    The 75' flag pole and its base, the Jewish Tercentenary Monument (Abram Belskie; 1955) are back, but under cover:



    Dutch Treat:



    Once this work done this area will be completely transformed.

    Will the Staten Island Ferry Terminal lose its charm?









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    Two-Month Countdown for South Ferry Plaza

    Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC
    June 24, 2010

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the final phase of work to rebuild Peter Minuit Plaza, outside the new South Ferry subway terminal. Earlier this month, the agency completed substantial sewer utility work in the Whitehall Street roadway, and has now restored traffic there. Now crews are focused on finishing the plazaís bus loop and pedestrian areas outside Whitehall Ferry Terminal. In coordination with the city Department of Transportation and Parks, the MTA is installing pavers and planters, as well as completing the canopy over the bus turnaround. The public should be using the rebuilt Minuit Plaza by about late August.

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    Peter Minuet Plaza shaping up

    Landscaping on the bus loop island.




    Security plant pots.





    Various types of paving stones are being used, high quality. And one big rock.





    They should find a use for all the terrace space at the terminal, other than an outdoor waiting room.

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    Battery's New Amsterdam Pavilion Opening Year Late, Sans Shake Shack

    By Matt Chaban


    The new bronze plaza and its pinwheel pavilion.

    Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most complex.

    Take Ben Van Berkel's New Amsterdam Pavilion at the tip of Manhattan. The pinwheel structure was presented to the city by the Dutch as a reminder of our 400-year-old bond. Part tulip, part windmill, the pavilion was supposed to have opened last spring, but getting those smoothly curving panes of glass just so, as well as working out a deal with the contractors to install them, has delayed the project a handful of times now, putting the grand opening celebration off until next year.

    Van Berkel and his pavilion

    Still, Warrie Price, president of the Battery Conservancy, is as optimistic as the Dutch settlers who came before her. She hopes to have a concessionaire announced by the end of next month, and the pavilion should be up and running by year's end. "We're going to wait until Queens Day, sort of their Fourth of July, for the big celebration," she said in a phone interview last week. "But I promise you we will be open before then. You hold me to it."

    Price said that the desire was to create a lasting space, one that helps anchor the Financial District's continued transformation into a 24/7 live-work neighborhood. As a result, the conservancy preferred quality to expediency. "It's a very, very interesting design, but nothing's off the shelf," Price said. Beyond the glass, there were challenges with getting the LEDs embedded in the roof to work. Each night, they will change colors at the stroke of midnight (turns out the pavilion is located in Peter Minuit plaza, named for the director general who established New Amsterdam and whose last name translates as "midnight").

    Perfecting and installing the bronze tiles that make up the plaza has also taken more time than expected, something South Ferry commuters must not appreciate, as the area surrounding the subways and the ferry station has been blocked off since 2007. But when everything is said and done, there will be a new plaza to match the new transit stations that have sprung up in recent years, as well.

    As for the pavilion's occupant, will it be Shake Shack, as some were hoping? "I wish," Price said. "Shake Shack wanted 800 square feet and we could only do 400." So who then? Somebody fancy? Or boring? "I won't say until the contract is signed."

    http://www.observer.com/2010/real-es...lion-year-late

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    Bronze relief map at Peter Minuit Plaza. 1660 Castello Plan of Niewu Amsterdam



    Interactive map - every building

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    Today in Adventurous Street Furniture: The Zipper Bench!

    March 17, 2011, by Joey Arak



    It's been six whole months since architects tried reinventing the city bench, which is far too long. Luckily the Archpaper blog points us to the new zipper benches in Peter Minuit Plaza, right in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The skateboard-proof benches are the work of WXY, and here's the scoop: "The sinuous design begins as two benches facing opposite directions before zipping up and melding into one surface offering the sitter a choice of two views." That's great and all, but what about the most important function of a city bench? Is it comfortable to catch a few winks on, or what?

    Sit Up Straight: WXY Zipper Bench [Architects Newspaper]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...pper_bench.php

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    402 Years Later and Ben van B's Plein and Pavilion Finally Opens

    May 13, 2011, by Pete Davies











    It took about $25 million, a gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and lots of hard work to rebuild Peter Minuit Plaza just outside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Now, ten years after the work began and nearly 402 years since Henry Hudson first sailed into New York Harbor under the flag of the Dutch East India Company, the Dutch have returned to celebrate the opening of the city's newest gathering spot: the Nieuw Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion. Architect Ben van Berkel and the UNStudio gang, inspired by tulip petals and windmill sails, used white Corian, glass and steel to make it real (these guys do good things with white). It all celebrates the spirit of cooperation and enterprise, stemming from the original Manhattan real estate deal when one smart Dutchman made a killing with 24 bucks back in 1625.

    On hand for the ribbon cutting were a parcel of politicos and the woman who dreamed it all up: Warrie Price of the Battery Park Conservancy (and good friend to everybody's favorite turkey, downtown diva Zelda, who apparently had a prior commitment and was no where to be found). The Pavilion houses both a visitor information kiosk and a cafe, where the folks from Merchants Market are serving up good eats. Bonus bit o' fun: Every night at 12:00 the entire plaza will be go aglow with colored lights. Why? To honor Peter Minuit, the original Dutch businessman in New York, whose last name translates to 'midnight.'

    For those in search of a good read, the plaza has been outfitted with large slabs of stone, all engraved with quotes from "The Island at the Center of the World" that tell the tale of the beginnings of New York. For the visually minded, atop a big boulder sculptor Simon Verity has created a miniature version of New York circa 1660, complete with canals and windmills, formed in bronze. And for the transportation minded, this spot is an intermodal heaven, linking ferries, subways, buses and bikeways. To top it all off, both Plein and Pavilion are surrounded by plantings, with tons of tulips now in full bloom. Partij Tijd!

    Nieuw Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion coverage [Curbed]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...opens.php#more

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