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Elevated Acre at 55 Water St.

New York, New York, United States

55 Water St.
New York, New York, United States
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Overall Experience: 6 / 10
Date Visited: Saturday, October 4, 2008

The elevated acre at 55 Water St is an acre of public park space in downtown Manhattan. As the name implies, the park is elevated approximately 30 feet above ground.

One of the main features in the park is a lighted structure called the "Beacon of Progress". The lighting structure is lit with changing color LED lights during the evening hours. The park also offers a nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River.

We visited the park as part of Open House NY. During the open house, the lighting designer, Jim Conti, gave a brief talk about the lighting of the park, and the Beacon of Progress Sculpture. He seemed like a nice person, and was happy to answer everyone's questions.

The park is accessed by walking up a set of outdoor stairs at 55 Water St. Entrance to the park is free, although it isn't always open. The changing color lighting structure turns on at dusk. This part of the city is pretty empty at night - visitors might not feel completely comfortable in the area if they stay late.

Estimated Visiting Time

You can see all there is to see here in about 10 minutes, or you can stay longer and enjoy the park space.

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