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June 9, 2010

Green Oasis of Trees and Fountains to Open Next to Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower

by Julie Shapiro

A burbling oasis of trees and fountains will open beside the new 76-story Beekman Tower as early as next year.

Sounds almost like a "Garden of Eden."

The plaza includes fountains and landscaped sitting areas.

The 13,000-square-foot plaza will sit just west of the Frank Gehry-designed skyscraper, spanning the length of the building from Beekman Street to Spruce Street. The project also includes a smaller 2,500-square-foot landscaped walkway just east of the building at William Street.

Forest City Ratner, the tower developer, unveiled new designs for the plazas, by landscape architect Field Operations, at Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee Tuesday night.

Susi Yu, a senior vice president at Forest City Ratner, said the plaza would have security cameras and “appropriate oversight.”

“We will do everything we need to do to protect our investment,” she said.


Rendering: Field Operations via DNAinfo

Posted by eric at June 9, 2010 10:45 PM