Liberty House

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377 Rector Place, New York City, NY

Liberty House
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Liberty House on the Hudson River in Manhattan's Battery Park City
Building Information
Developer Milstein Properties
Architect Polshek Partnership Architects, The Vilkas Group
Management Company Milford Management
Number of Units 240
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 1986
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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377 Rector Place, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Around 40 options
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M2-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Battery Park City Location


The area of Lower Manhattan referred to as Battery Park City was a busy port area as recently as the 1950’s. This area was left with run down piers and vacant lands when port business moved to Jersey to accommodate the rise in container shipping. In the 1960’s, plans started to emerge to create a comprehensive community on existing and reclaimed land in this area. By 1976, three million cubic yards of earth, rock and sand had been moved and dredged during construction of the World Trade Center and from Ambrose Channel creating the north and south areas of Battery City Park.


This planned neighborhood covers a 90 acre area of land and is now home to high rises, housing projects, businesses, parks, recreation, education, marinas, ferry terminals, and the World Financial Center and Winter Gardens.[1]


Liberty House was constructed during the second phase of housing development and is one of 13 projects built in the 1980’s in this southern part of Battery Park City where the majority of the housing and parks exist. It was one of the first luxury apartments to be built in Battery Park City and it has set the standard for innovation, quality and design.[2]


Location

Battery Park


Liberty House is located near the center of Battery Park City, which is a planned community on 90 acres of natural and reclaimed land in the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan. It borders on the Hudson River to the north, south and west, with its extensive esplanade or “promenade” running the length of the water. The border to the east is West Street and the Financial District. Liberty House also borders on Rector Park, a beautiful quiet park oasis with no vehicle traffic, dogs or ball playing allowed.


Battery Park is a 25 acre public park facing New York Harbor at the most southern end of Manhattan and just south of Battery Park City. Artillery batteries used to protect the city’s settlements were stored here and thus became the name of this area and the name for the planned community adjacent to the Park.[3]


The southern part of Battery City Park is where most of the residential buildings are located and Liberty House is part of the Rector Place Residential Neighborhood. It is estimated that there are 14,000 people living in Battery City Park today.

Construction

One of 13 other buildings completed in the 1980’s in Battery Park City, this 26 story red brick apartment is one of the larger and more attractive towers in the area. The building has a main or central tower flanked by two lower wings. The central tower faces the Statue of Liberty and to allow access to these spectacular views, windows in the central section are larger and broader. On the rooftop deck is some landscaping and a sculptural design resembling a lighthouse looking out over the water. Narrow windows border this central section and the two sides extend above the rooftop deck creating an interesting architectural effect.[4]


Battery Park City Authority was created by New York State in 1968 to oversee development along with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and other agencies. It was the BCPA that would eventually oversee and manage the planning and construction of the Rector Place neighborhood and the Hudson River Esplanade.[5]

Layout and Features

Incredible Unobstructed view


One of the main features of this building is the location. Steps to the Esplanade along the Hudson River, steps to parks, on a culdesac, and the luxury of incredible unobstructed views of the Harbour and the Statue of Liberty.


The building was designed so that the majority of the homes could enjoy the views and further development will never interfere because of its location next to the Esplanade. The unique design and location of the roof top terrace facing the Statue of Liberty offers residents a private ocean view oasis.[6]


There is a 24 hour doorman and concierge, a hotel style lobby, and shared amenities with the project across the street that include a pool and lounge.

Floor Plans

There are 58 different floor plans in Liberty House. Some units have balconies and most have incredible views. Many of the units have angular areas built into the floor plans to accommodate the angulation of the wings of the building on each side of the central shaft.


Amenities

This 1986 built apartment is not as rich in building amenities as some of the more modern towers of today. Its greatest amenities are outside the building including:

  • Unobstructed view
  • Walking and biking on the Esplanade
  • Rector Park
  • Battery Park
  • South Cove Park
  • Robert F Wagner Jr. Park

There is:

  • Shared laundry
  • Private storage
  • 24 hour concierge and doorman
  • Health club including pool, gym and lounge in adjacent building


Bylaws

Liberty House Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



There are no rental or age restrictions in this building. Barbecues are permitted and pets are allowed with a weight restriction for dogs of 30 pounds.

Sustainability

Residents are close to everything and all modes of transportation including ferries. The Promenade or Esplanade along the Hudson River is available for foot or bike use for pleasure or transportation. The walk score is 100 out of 100 and more transportation services and routes are being developed within the area's master plan.

As residents renovate, there is the option to replace systems with more energy efficient materials. Recycling and re-use programs are available in the community. Sharing amenities such as the pool and gym saves resources in the community.

Trivia

World Financial Center showing the Winter Garden with its atrium style roof


The World Financial Center is made up of six main buildings across West Street from the World Trade Center.

It is owned by Canadian based Brookfield Office Properties and was originally developed by Olympia and York out of Toronto, Ontario.

It is undergoing major renovations and additions at a cost of approximately $250 million.

One of the major additions to the complex is a passageway to the other side of West Street and the World Trade Center.

A new transit pavilion will be complete by the Fall of 2013.

There are plans to eventually rename the World Financial Center, "Brookfield Place".[7]

References

  1. Wikipedia-Battery Park City
  2. Liberty Residences
  3. Wikipedia-Battery Park
  4. City Realty
  5. Wikipedia-Battery Park City
  6. City Realty
  7. Wikipedia


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