“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO

Pier A

In November 2014, Pier A opened to the public for the first time in its 128-year history, following an extensive restoration led by the Battery Park City Authority.  In partnership with the City of New York, the Authority funded the renovation of the Pier’s structure, which was critical to the preservation of this important landmark. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pier A stands today as Manhattan’s oldest remaining pier. Built as the headquarters for the New York City Docks Department in 1886, Pier A was subsequently used by a variety of municipal agencies over the years, including the city’s police and fire departments. The Pier’s clock tower, affixed in 1919, was installed as the country’s first formal commemoration of World War I in the United States. As part of its renovation, the Battery Park City Authority went to great lengths to ensure many historic elements of the structure were kept intact, including preservation of the building’s exterior.  Numerous protective measures have also been taken, to provide as much resistance as possible to any future storms. Completed in accordance with the Battery Park City Authority’s guidelines for environmentally responsible development, Pier A has earned a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Today, the building is home to Pier A Harbor House, a fine dining establishment managed by Pier A Battery Park Associates LLC, a joint venture between the Poulakakos family and the Dermot Company. The first floor of the building, known as the Long Hall, is open to the public and includes a visitor center managed by the Downtown Alliance. Here passersby have an opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history, while enjoying the breathtaking views of New York Harbor from the promenade.

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