Brookfield Place is a complex of several buildings located in the south of Manhattan in Battery Park City. It had to be renovated after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Today the mall looks spectacular, and you can enjoy the panorama of New Jersey and the Hudson River from there.
History of Brookfield Place
The complex was originally named World Financial Center. It was built between 1982 and 1988 by the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, known for directing the construction of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
The facades of these buildings are very similar but the only difference is the roof:
– One World Financial Center (1986) pyramid with a square base,
– Two World Financial Center (1987): dome,
– Three World Financial Center or American Express Tower (1985): pyramid,
– Four World Financial Center (1986): ziggurat pyramid-style structure,
– The New York Mercantile Exchange Building (1997).
– Winter Garden Atrium (1988) is a pavilion with a large round glass located under the mall.
During the attacks of September 11, the Three World Financial Center was going to collapse and the glass of the Winter Garden was badly damaged. Remodeling the site cost a little over 250 million dollars.
All these buildings are offices that belong to Brookfield Office Properties (except American Express Tower). After renewing the site, the name was changed to Brookfield Place.
They look great from the Observatory of One World Trade Center, you can identify the buildings by their different roof tops.
What is the main attraction of this place?
Unfortunately if you do not work there, you cannot visit these buildings.
However, I highly recommend that you go to Brookfield Place, located in the Winter Garden Atrium.
It’s a mall with very nice stores.
You will find several restaurants too.
The Winter Garden Atrium is a place where events and shows are organized. Since its reconstruction and opening in September 11, 2002, there are dance performances, exhibitions and a cinema hall during the TriBeCa Film Festival.
How is the mall?
The main hall of the mall is very impressive, the glass roof is gigantic, and serves as a greenhouse for 16 palm trees.
It is a very bright, and very nice place. From the first floor of the mall you can see the buildings of the World Trade Center, the base of the One World Trade Center Transportation Hub (Oculus) and you can see the fountains of the 9/11 Memorial.
The marble floor and stairs gives the place a luxurious touch, it is truly magnificent.
There is a large terrace outside, towards North Cove Yacht Harbor. It is a small port for boat cruises.
Who usually goes to Brookfield Place?
During weekdays at noon, you will see many workers of the area, coming from Wall Street and the Financial District. During the weekend many locals and tourists come to enjoy the view and go shopping.
What is a good tip for this place?
What I liked the most was a children’s store called Babesta. They sells many fun items.
Another good tip to keep in mind is that the Brookfield Place organizes many events throughout the year including music festivals. I recommend that you sign up for the Brookfield Place newsletter to have all the information about such events.
Where is Brookfield Place?
Brookfield Place is in Battery Park City, near the World Trade Center.
Address: 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281
Feel free to stroll through Brookfield Place mall. It is very nice and pleasant. It could be perfect for a meal, enjoying the view overlooking the Hudson River and New Jersey.
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