Central Green at The Modern

New Parks Sprout Around New York

If New York appears a little greener this summer, it is no mirage.

New parks are coming to life across the city, many courtesy of new apartment complexes, which, in addition to the usual extras, are offering swaths of switch grass and swamp oaks, waterfalls and fountains, benches and boulder-lined paths.

And although these nods to nature are created by developers and are on the grounds of condo and rental buildings, you won’t need to have a pricey apartment there to enjoy them. In a change from the residents-only courtyards of the past, these open spaces are truly open and, despite their private roots, can be used freely by the public.

Mostly completed there is the Modern, a rental complex with a pair of 46-story skyline-dominating towers by the George Washington Bridge. Squeezed between them is an elaborate 1.7-acre park, with a pond crossed by an arcing footbridge and a pergola-shaded sitting area. The park and an adjacent restaurant will open this winter, Mr. Cividini said.

“I certainly believe it helped us,” said Mr. Cividini, noting that the park, despite currently being piles of dirt and rocks, has also energized leasing.

The first 450-unit tower, which opened in 2014, is now almost entirely rented, he said. This month, the Modern will begin leasing its second tower, which also has 450 units. Studios start at about $1,720 a month and one-bedrooms at $2,630, although concessions are available.

It is Mr. Cividini’s hope that the Modern’s park — a $12 million piece of a $500 million project designed by Melillo and Bauer Associates — will provide space to help the borough unwind.

Originally Posted by C. J. Hughes June 8, 2018

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