Mark your calendars: September 18, Piet Oudolf special guest speaker at The Battery Conservancy’s Annual Battery Gardeners Luncheon – New York City

July 11th, 2013 by

Piet Oudolf, photograph courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

September 18, 2013

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 18 for The Battery Conservancy’s 10th Annual Battery Gardeners Luncheon with special guest speaker Piet Oudolf! The Battery Conservancy is celebrating more than a decade of Piet Oudolf’s association with The Battery. Piet created the horticultural master plan for The Battery and with the planting of the Tiffany Woodland Gardens and Bikeway Gardens, The Battery Conservancy is nearing completion of his original vision. Piet will speak about his experiences designing gardens in the United States since 2000, and in particular the development of The Battery horticultural master plan.

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The historic Battery in New York City needs help!

November 13th, 2012 by

The Battery suffered 14 feet flood surges that brought salt water to its gardens

November 13, 2012

As reported in the news, the historic Battery, the birthplace of New York, got hit hard by hurricane Sandy on Monday night October 29 with an unprecedented storm surge of almost 14 feet of seawater. The gardens were covered with salt water, the fountain was flooded and they lost several mature trees. In addition, The Battery Conservancy offices at One New York Plaza were completely submerged and everything has been destroyed, in total 18 years of archives and history of its work is completely gone.

On November 9 the Netherlands Consulate in NY volunteered at The Battery by remediating Piet Oudolf’s “Gardens of Remembrance” with a new layer of top soil

Throughout the history and present, the Government of the Netherlands has been a great friend to the Battery, the area that Henry Hudson explored in 1609. In 1926 a flagpole was donated by the Dutch now called the Netherlands Memorial, in testimony of ancient and unbroken friendship. Almost ten years ago the Battery began its revitalization with the work of the famed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf who created the Battery Bosque Gardens and the Gardens of Remembrance as part of his masterplan for the Battery to be completed in 2015. The historic Battery has sustained severe damage throughout and needs funds and volunteers to help recover. Last week, a volunteer crew of the Dutch Consulate General spent a day helping out with the  recovery of the gardens. View our complete photo gallery of the day on our Facebook page.

Please show your support and volunteer at one of the upcoming recovery events or donate.

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The Battery Conservancy needs support due to devastating damages from the storm Sandy

October 31st, 2012 by

October 31, 2012

We received a plea for help from our dear friends of The Battery Conservancy, the wonderful organization that has worked tirelessly to restore and improve The Battery, including the The Gardens of Remembrance by Piet Oudolf, the wonderful New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel of UN Studio, and so much more. The historic Battery has sustained severe damage throughout, but even more heartbreaking is the news that the Conservancy’s offices are completely flooded. They suffered a complete loss of office space, electronics, furnishings, but more importantly their archives, and history of 18 years of work. Here is a plea for help from The Battery Conservancy:

“As you have seen on all the network news and cable channels, the historic Battery took the full force of Storm Sandy as it hit Lower Manhattan Monday evening.

We are here to report that the Park survived this unprecedented storm surge of 13.88 feet of sea water. To date we have lost three mature trees, the fountain is flooded and our 92,000sf of gardens were covered by salt water until the surge receded.  Top soil has been lost but no plants were uprooted and the gardens beds are all intact.  If there was a glimmer of hope it was the sight of a completely dry sub structure basement of our amazing SEAglass.  That brought a smile to all our weary faces.

But we do have heartbreaking news to report, our main offices at One New York Plaza, Plaza Shop Level are completely submerged in flood waters.  We have lost everything.  All our electronics, furnishings and most importantly our archives and history of 18 years of work are gone. Much critical information is on back up servers but the materials and memories of our journey til now have been literally washed away by the sea.

We are looking for temporary space to keep our work force together and progressing.  All gifts of hands, hearts and funds will be most gratefully appreciated”

Click here if you wish to help The Battery Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, created in 1994 to revitalize The Battery, the park at the southern tip of Manhattan.

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The New Amsterdam Pavilion by UN Studio in The Battery is “Building of the Day” during Archtober – New York City

October 20th, 2011 by

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, UN Studio with Handel Architects, 2009-2011, image by Rendertaxi, courtesy UN Studio

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 12-1pm

As part of Archtober, visitors are welcome to join a tour of the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by UN Studio with Handel Architects.

About The Battery and the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion
More than 70,000 daily commuters and two million annual tourists pass through the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion at Peter Minuit Plaza, a vibrant transportation hub where ferries, buses, trains, cars, bicycles and pedestrians merge at the tip of Manhattan. Peter Minuit, the plaza’s namesake, was the second director general of the colony of New Amsterdam c. 1626, and best known as the man who brokered the deal with the natives to “share” the island of Manhattan.

Peter Minuit Plaza was first created in 1952 when a portion of Battery Park was de-mapped to accommodate the then new South Ferry Terminal.  In 1999 when the new Whitehall Ferry Terminal was designed a portion of the park closest to the water was de-mapped and the streets in between the traffic islands were re-mapped as parkland to create once more a unified park parcel.

Today, UNStudio’s design for New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion has created a 5,000 square-foot, carefully programmed space located within Peter Minuit Plaza, housing regional organic food by Merchants Market, as well as the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Visitor Information Booth. This highly sculptural pavilion stands as a sculptural gateway to the Battery’s park and waterfront, with an expressive, undulating roofline and curving walls—a compact little building with the authority of a major landmark, evoking a flower opening to its surroundings. UNStudio incorporated Corian, an innovative design material developed by DuPont and here thermoformed to render exceptionally daring horizontal and vertical surfaces that contribute to the Pavilion’s iconic impact.

Every night at 12:00AM midnight, the New Amsterdam Pavilion glows with an array of colors in tribute to Peter Minuit whose name translates to “midnight.” 1626 consolidated the early settlements at the tip of Manhattan—a grouping that came to be known as New Amsterdam.

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion
The Battery, New York City

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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion to open on May 12, 2011 – The Battery, New York City

May 11th, 2011 by

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel / UN Studio, photograph by James D’Addio

May 12, 2011


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.

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel / UN Studio, photograph by James D’Addio

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.

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel / UN Studio, photograph by James D’Addio

The new 1.3 acre park has a stunning granite and quartz stone plaza with 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.

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel / UN Studio, photograph by James D’Addio

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.

For more information, please visit the website of The Battery Conservancy:

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