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Battery Maritime Building opens with hotel, restaurants and more after extensive renovations

A historic building in Lower Manhattan has been restored to preserve its heritage in the city while creating new employment opportunities.

The Battery Maritime Building has undergone extensive renovations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The building now serves as a symbol of New York’s economic recovery, as the renovated space now includes several large event spaces, a hotel, spa and wellness center, as well as restaurants, bars and lounges. The building brings with it 150 full-time jobs and 200 part-time jobs.

The project was led by Cipriani, Midtown Equities and Centaur Properties, who joined the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), elected officials and community partners at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday to celebrate the completion of renovations. with an inauguration ceremony.

“We are proud to join forces with our partners to reintroduce New Yorkers to the great architectural gem that is the Battery Maritime Building, which has been transformed into a symbol of recovery,” said Rachel Loeb, president and CEO of the NYCEDC. “We would like to thank all of our elected officials for their support of this magnificent project, and the team at Midtown Equities, Centaur Properties and Cipriani for moving the work forward despite the challenges posed by the COVID crisis, including delays and costs. higher across the board. Despite this, we are excited to present this great gift to the city and create new jobs in Lower Manhattan. »

The design, restoration and construction of the redevelopment project was overseen by Marvel Architects and Thierry W. Despont Ltd. Operated by Cipriani, the space has reopened as Casa Cipriani and includes 30,000 square feet of event space centered around the historic Great Hall on the 2nd floor which provides a venue for private and public events; a 47-key hotel on the third and fourth floors with a spa and fitness center; and a spacious club with restaurants and lounges on the 5th floor with panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo courtesy of Cipriani

Under an agreement with NYCEDC and the developer, spaces on the second floor will have designated public hours and will be made available for public events and programs.

“The Battery Maritime Building is a magnificent reminder of Lower Manhattan’s rich maritime history,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, “Congratulations to Midtown Equities, Centaur Properties and Cipriani on completing the restoration of one of Lower Manhattan’s most special buildings.historic sites.I encourage all New Yorkers to take the ferry to Governor’s Island from the Battery Maritime Building and visit the newly restored Great Hall during their stay.

The original Battery Maritime Building was designed by architects Richard Walker and Charles Morris and was constructed in 1909. The building is the last remaining East River ferry building from a time when 17 ferry lines ran between Manhattan and Brooklyn . The ferry had closed in 1938, but has since reopened with ferry service between Manhattan and Governors Island to and from the Battery Maritime Building.

The building was designated a historic landmark in 1967 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. New York City began investing millions of dollars to renovate parts of the pier and exterior of the building to to attract investment to the project in the early 2000s, with the current developers, Midtown Equities and Centaur Properties, redesigning the project and investing additional funds later. Their restoration has since won the prestigious Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

“The Buildings Department applauds the restoration of this historic landmark to its former glory,” Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca said. “New York City’s ongoing economic recovery is fueled by needed projects like the one just completed at the Battery Maritime Building, providing essential repairs to keep the building in a safe condition, while providing opportunities for essential jobs for our fellow New Yorkers.”

Photo courtesy of Cipriani