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70 Little West Street, New York City, NY


The Visionaire in Battery Park City
Building Information
Developer The Albanese Organization
Architect Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Number of Units 251
Number of Floors 33
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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70 Little West Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region New York City

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The planned community of Battery Park City in downtown Manhattan is noted for its green initiatives and focus on sustainable living, and The Visionaire condominium is the prime example of this movement.
Visionaire nestled among its neighbors
Opened in 2008, The Visionaire is the third sustainable building built by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and the Albanese Organization, following The Solaire and The Verdesian, but The Visionaire was the only one to achieve a LEED certification at the Platinum level. In fact, The Visionaire is the first condominium building in Manhattan to achieve this distinction and is known for being one of the greenest condo building in all of New York City.

In today’s ever growing awareness of sustainability, The Visionaire has positioned itself to be one of the most sought after buildings in Manhattan for the foreseeable future.[1]


The Visionaire is located in Battery Park City, a planned community built in the southwestern tip of Manhattan by reclaiming land along the Hudson River. Battery Park City is bordered to the West and South by the Hudson River, by Tribeca to the North, and by the Financial District to the East. Battery Park City was first proposed by private firms in the early 1960s as a means to revitalize the area that had fallen into disrepair after losing its shipping business primarily to Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. A proposal to reclaim the land was put forth in 1966 with a detailed master plan presented in 1969. The Battery Park City Authority funded the project in 1972 and the landfill portion of the project was completed in 1976.

The first residential building in the area began in 1980 and construction on the World Financial Center began the following year. Over the past three decades, Battery Park City has seen remarkable growth in both residential and commercial properties. With a planned population of 14,000 residents, Battery Park City had a population of 13,386 in 2010, proving the community’s success.[2]

As part of the community’s planning, Battery Park City is home to many shops, restaurants, entertainment options, grocery stores, and lifestyle services. A short walk from the Financial District, Battery Park City offers business professionals a separate residential neighborhood in which to reside, while maintaining an incredibly short commute.[3]

Located at 70 Little West Street, The Visionaire is just a block away from the Hudson River, the New York City Harbor and is surrounded by a park. With a walk score of 94 out of 100, and a transit score of 100 out of 100, a car is not required for daily errands.[4]


Visionaire nearing completion

The construction of The Visionaire was performed by Turner Construction, a company who went to great lengths to comply with the Albanese Organization’s exceptionally high standards of sustainability and green construction.

During construction, all building materials were held to a minimum standard of at least 20% recycled material composition. A full 50% of building materials were brought in from no more than a 500 mile radius to the construction site. At the project’s conclusion, Turner Construction maintained their commitment to green construction by recycling over 85% of all construction waste.[5]

Construction of The Visionaire began in 2006 and was completed in 2008 and the resulting building stands as proof that it is possible to earn a LEED Platinum certification while at the same time maintain the high standards demanded of Manhattan luxury realty.[6]

Layout and Features

Apartments within The Visionaire maintain the high standards of sustainability demanded of a LEED Platinum certified building. Throughout the units, all paints, sealants, and adhesives used are environmentally safe and the wood flooring throughout the apartments adhere to the Forest Stewardship Council’s certified standards that promote forest re-growth.

Kitchens in The Visionaire are all equipped with Energy Star appliances and the cabinetry is made from renewable bamboo sources.[7]

Beyond its green features, units in The Visionaire offer stunning views of both the Hudson River and New York City through their energy efficient floor to ceiling windows. All kitchens are gourmet in style with granite counter tops, while the bathrooms are finished in marble and limestone with both a glass shower and soaking tub.[8]

Floor Plans


One of the view directions
Another view point

The Visionaire offers residents several first class amenities, including a concierge and doorman in the lobby, a live-in superintendent, a storage room, and a full service garage with charging stations for electric cars and valet parking.

The building also offers many recreational facilities such as a fitness center, sauna, steam rooms, yoga studio, swimming pool, and rooftop deck and garden.

The Visionaire provides a children’s playroom for families, a billiard room, a screening room, and a party room for all residents to enjoy.[9]

Amenities for The Visionaire are managed by Rose Associates management company.


Visionaire Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • The Visionaire allows pets
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership
  • With the absence of balconies, barbecues are not allowed


The Visionaire is located in Battery Park City, a residential community that is leading the way with regards to sustainable living in New York City. A third of the Battery Park City has been designated as recreational open space for residents of the area.
Visionaire award winning design

In 2010, a kindergarten to grade 8 school opened with the distinction of being New York City’s first LEED certified school building.

The Visionaire itself has a LEED Platinum certification, the first building to achieve this rating on the East Coast. Its list of green accomplishments is vast and impressive. During its assessment, The Visionaire amassed 58 LEED points and achieved all 10 Energy Efficiency credits and at the time of its certification, The Visionaire held the distinction of being named the greenest residential condominium in the United States. Up to 35% of The Visionaire’s electric load comes from renewable energy sources, while a photovoltaic system that has been integrated into the building provides an additional energy source of up to 48kW of electricity.

The Visionaire has also been outfitted with solar panels throughout the building to provide additional resources for the energy needs of the building. Each unit features a master light switch located right at the unit’s entrance, giving residents an easy option to turn off all lights at once when they exit their units. With these power saving features in mind, it should be noted that The Visionaire was designed with floor to ceiling windows, which are meant to utilize natural light as much as possible and reduce the need for electricity.[10]

Both the water treatment and air filtration systems in the building have been built for maximum efficiency and both of the buildings' heating and cooling systems run on natural gas to substantially reduce the electrical demands from the building. Finally, the rooftop garden found atop The Visionaire collects and harvests rainwater to assist in the irrigation of the gardens.[11]


  • The Visionaire has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 CNBC Property Award, the 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence, and the 2009 American Institute of Architect’s Building Type Honor citation.[12]
  • The glass enclosed lobby is home to a 12 foot long aquarium.[13]
  • Battery Park City was hit hard by the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Many residents of the area were unable to return to their homes, as a large part of downtown Manhattan was designated a crime scene. After spending months in alternative housing, many residents returned home to find their homes had been looted. The subsequent departure from the area by many residents had a dramatic downwards effect on housing prices and real estate value. A decade later, the area is a vibrant and thriving community; evidence of the area’s resilience and strength as a livable neighborhood.[14]


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  2. Wikipedia - Battery Park City
  3. The Visionaire Website
  4. Walk Score
  5. Green Buildings - NYC
  6. New Construction Manhattan
  7. Green Buildings - NYC
  8. New Construction Manhattan
  9. Street Easy
  10. Street Easy
  11. Green Buildings - NYC
  12. The Visionaire Website
  13. City Realty
  14. Wikipedia - Battery Park City

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