Carl Mattone is a board member of the Battery Park City Authority, a leader in planned community development. Its mission is “to plan, create, co-ordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92-acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan.”
Battery Park City Authority has been successful at its “urban experiment.” Originally a vision of what cities could be in the future, the master plan was developed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in order to incorporate pedestrian traffic with park-like spaces while having a subterranean level for transportation uses. While the plan changed with time, Battery Park City has attracted visitors from all over the world seeking to learn about urban planning. It has received many awards for its concepts and designs.
Within Battery Park City are over 9.3 million square feet of commercial space and 7.2 million square feet of housing. Living within the city are 17,000 residents and 52 shops and services. There are 36 acres of parks, 22 restaurants, 20 works of public art, three public schools, and two hotels. In addition, there is also a multi-screen movie theater, a marina, and a 1.2 mile esplanade. Public buildings and sculptures include the Irish Hunger Memorial, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City Police Memorial, The Skyscraper Museum, Poets House and the Batttery Park City Library.
This piece of Manhattan is run by the Battery Park City Authority, which is a New York State public benefit corporation that aims to keep its designated section of Manhattan up-to-date, innovative in design, and balanced between public, private, business, and residential space. Seven unpaid board members serve on the board. They are appointed by the governor to manage its operation.