A 33,000-square-foot publicly accessible park in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is located in a privately owned public space (POPS) controlled by Brookfield Properties and Goldman Sachs. Zuccotti Park is bounded by Broadway to the east, Liberty Street to the north, Trinity Place to the west, and Cedar Street to the south.
The park was created in 1968 by Pittsburgh-based United States Steel, after the property owners negotiated its creation with city officials. It was named Liberty Plaza Park because it was situated one block south of One Liberty Plaza. The park's northwest corner is across the street from Four World Trade Center. It has been popular with local tourists and financial workers. The park was one of the few open spaces with tables and seats in the Financial District.
Wrecked, Sept 11, 2001
Located one block from the World Trade Center, the park was heavily damaged in the September 11 attacks. It was covered with debris. The park was subsequently used as a staging area for the recovery efforts after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The plaza was later used as the site of several events commemorating the anniversary of the attacks.
Opened, June 1, 2006
The park reopened after an $8 million renovation designed by Cooper, Robertson & Partners. It was renamed Zuccotti Park in honor of John E. Zuccotti, former City Planning Commission chairman and first deputy mayor under Abe Beame and the then-chairman of Brookfield Properties, which used private money to renovate the park. Currently, the park has a wide variety of trees, granite sidewalks, tables and seats, as well as lights built into the ground, which illuminate the area.