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    Battery Park in May 2006









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    Crop circles?

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    Nice... Is that Aquatic Corousel for real? Are there going to be real fish swiming in it?

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    Thanks Comelade.

    I'm not sure I quite understand what an "Aquatic Carousel" is....
    Is that the reason for the hoarding behind the WTC memorial?

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    Thanks Comelade.

    I'm not sure I quite understand what an "Aquatic Carousel" is....
    Is that the reason for the hoarding behind the WTC memorial?
    See the link
    http://www.thebattery.org/rebuilding/carousel/

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    Maybe they should bring back a world-class Aquarium to the Battery.

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    It would be nice to have an aquarium in Manhattan, but I'd hate to trade parkland for it.

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    Well, they once tried to do it on Westside piers not too long ago, but community residents shot it down.

    Parks are nice but I think parks with special attractions like an Aquarium can be even better.

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    Classic example of historic / contextual re-use ...

    Battery Park Aquarium located in Castle Clinton:

    Interior of Aquarium at Battery Park 1905










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    A hot day in the fountain -- Battery Park Bosque ...











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    Looks like construction is finally starting on the Sea Glass Carousel.

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    Battery Charges Up

    Gehry Playground and Seaglass Carousel Among Amenities Coming Soon to Historic Park


    The base of the SeaGlass carousel under construction in Battery Park


    The Battery Conservancy, the non-profit group that maintains the City park (adjoining Battery Park City) on Manhattan's southern tip, is entering the final stretch of its design and construction phase this year. By 2014, the Conservancy hopes to implement its 25-acre Master Plan. "We have a sense of completing the culmination of the landscape in 2012-2013," said Warrie Price, the Conservancy's president since helping found the organization in 1994.

    "We're 97 percent complete or in construction now," added Ms. Price. "The one-acre Frank Gehry play space is the next-to-last piece to be designed," she added, in a reference to one of the park's most anticipated features. Mr. Gehry is a renowned architect whose local work includes Eight Spruce Street, and whose fame is such that the developer of that building (one of the tallest residential structures in the Western Hemisphere) changed its name from "Beekman Tower" to "New York by Gehry" to capitalize on the designer's cachet. In 2007, Mr. Gehry agreed to design his first playground, free of charge, for the Battery Conservancy. At the time, the project was projected to cost $10 million. More recently, the Conservancy circulated a request for qualifications for another firm to implement Mr. Gehry's design. The deadline for submissions was January 4, and the Conservancy now plans to announce the winning selection on February 27. Ms. Price said, "we had a wonderful response from 17 firms, and we're thrilled with the teams that were brought together. People are excited about building Frank Gehry's conceptual and schematic design." She added that "we're not going to go public with it until the selected team reviews the design and we have a buildable plan."


    SeaGlass turntables at Show Canada's workshop in Laval, Quebec (photo courtesy of The Battery Conservancy)


    Another much-anticipated amenity being developed by the Conservancy is the carousel, SeaGlass at The Battery, which is scheduled to be completed this fall. SeaGlass recalls the history of the park's New York Aquarium at Castle Clinton, which closed in 1941, but updates the idea to the 21st century with a plan by WXY Architecture & Urban Design. As riders spin around the carousel, they will sit in iridescent fish, surrounded by blue reflective SmartGlass panels and underwater sounds.

    "A lot of work is happening, although a lot of it is off-site," said Ms. Price. Construction crews are completing the drainage and foundation, while Show Canada in Canada is working on the turn-tables and American Architectural is constructing the nautilus shell pavilion in Pennsylvania. Ms. Price said 17 of the 30 fish designed by George Tyspin Opera Factory are sponsored at present, while the remaining 13 -- along with the SmartGlass panels -- have not yet garnered financial support. (To become a sponsor, contact Kevin Currey at kcurrey@thebattery.org.)

    Also in 2012, the Conservancy Americas Design Competition will call on the public to create an iconic, movable chair that will be replicated and placed around Battery Green in 2014. "This quarter mile space will be our public assembly space. It can seat 8,000 people and bring exceptional design into the daily lives of the visiting public," said Ms. Price. The competition will select six prototypes and involve public voting to choose the winning design.


    The Battery gardens in full bloom in the summer


    The last piece in the puzzle will be the revitalization of Castle Clinton. Ms Price said the Conservancy's vision for the Castle includes the design of a cultural and educational center within the fort's walls. "We're thinking of it as a magnet for the community. It will be a seasonal, open-air performance and meeting place," she explained.

    In other recent developments, the Conservancy in 2011 added the Urban Farm on its Great Lawn, the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, Peter Minuit Plaza, and a newly designed website (which can be viewed by clicking HERE). This spring, the Urban Farm will enter its second planting season, although its position will shift slightly to make room for construction of the Battery Garden Bikeway -- the link between the Hudson River Park Bikeway and the East River Esplanade. The bikeway will include new park entrances, perennial gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, and the relocation of ten existing monuments along the park's perimeter.


    The urban farm on a winter morning

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    Battery Park photos by Robert Simko

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    Wow. Upon entering this thread I immediately assumed that the carousel was never built since its been almost 6 years, but I guess it is getting built. Not sure if I am a fan of that old render. Does not seem like a realistic rendition of what it would actually look like.

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    SeaGlass at The Battery

    This SeaGlass fish prototype, designed by George Tyspin Opera Factory, is a Blue-Ringed Angelfish.

    The figure, a magnificent 9’4″ tall and 9’6″ wide, is made of Lexan, a polycarbonate resin thermoplastic.



    Fiber optic and LED lights glow from within the fish, whose blue hue will transform into an array of colors during the ride.To complete the theatrical experience, an audio component (also placed within the figure) will emit an enchanting oceanic soundtrack as the figure moves up and down, as if “swimming” through the sea.

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    A 2007 Vid of the SeaGlass Carousel, designed in collaboration with the George Tsypin Opera Factory -- who also did the scenic design for Spiderman and The Little Mermaid on Broadway (and whose website [click > Spectacles] shows images that seem to indicate that the design here has been somewhat revised) ...


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    Battery Park panorama c1902.

    Steamboats to Coney Island. 25 cents. Round trip.


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