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Zuccotti Park (formerly Liberty Plaza Park)

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Park rebuilt after 9/11/01 terrorist attack

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Financial District
Open Space, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, Recreation, Gathering Place

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Zuccotti Park is a 33,000-square-foot space located in the Financial District between Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street. As of 2011, the park is operated, owned, and managed by Brookfield Properties, a commercial real estate corporation that works with high-end assets in North America and Australia. Their property at One Liberty Plaza houses many leading financial and professional services firms including Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Zurich American Insurance and Royal Bank of Canada. Zuccotti Park is a bonus plaza for One Liberty Plaza, which means that the public green space is a zoning requirement for the real estate corporation.

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Adina Langer

This little corporate-style park is a much-needed public greenspace in the financial district, a symbol of post 9/11 resilience.

It is also a favorite lunch spot for white collar workers and construction workers side-by-side. The lines for the food carts including the best value falafel and smoothie carts in the city stretches all along Trinity Place on warm days. After the post-apocalyptic Ground Zero dust cleared, the little trees kept growing and the workers returned to this little triangle dwarfed by skyscrapers.

This park is less green than would be desirable, but the trees produce shade and the groundskeepers change the plantings every season. The physical details are less important than the parks existance. (Mar., 2008)


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