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Riverhouse - One Rockefeller Park, 2 River Terrace

Between Murray Street & North End Avenue

Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of

This very handsome building at 1 River Terrace in Battery Park City overlooks Rockefeller Park and its U-shaped structure is bounded by Murray and Vesey streets and North End Avenue.

The 32-story building was designed by Polshek Partnership LLC for the Sheldrake Organization.  It has 264 condominium apartments and interiors have been designed by David Rockwell.

The handsome red-brick building, which is also known as 300 Murray Street, 2-10 River Terrace and 175 North End Avenue, is located between the Irish Hunger Memorial and the two-acre Teardrop Park just to the north of the World Financial Center.

In its marketing materials, it is known as Riverhouse at 1 Rockefeller Park. River House is the name of the apartment building widely considered to be the city’s most luxurious at 435 East 52nd Street overlooking the East River.

The building was designed to be “the greenest residential building on the East Coast” with the first residential use of double-glass wall technology in the United States. According to its press materials, “the double-glass curtain wall of the west façade defines the building’s identity: it exhibits a sense of depth, liking it to the rhythms and scale of the masonry construction, while at the same time displays the tautness of a modern glass tower.”

Bottom Line

A very sleek and large building with a flared footprint enclosed by a “teardrop” park close to the Goldman Sachs Building and the World Financial Center.


The building is configured in a U-shape with a 14-story west wing facing the river; a 13-story east wing facing Lower Manhattan; and a 32-story tower facing south. The wings have landscaped roof gardens and the tower has a 4-story-high, glass-enclosed portico/lobby.

The low-wings are slightly flared outward and their curves present a subtle counterpoint with the much broader curves of the Goldman Sachs Tower just to the east.

The building has horizontal pink-brick banding, which compliments some of the façades of the nearby World Financial Center at Battery Park City, and the top of its tower has a very high-tech, multi-story screen that nicely complements the crisp detailing of its other façades.

The open slats of its open, stainless-steel entrance marquee have different tints creating a colorful entrance.

The green building has filtered air and water, non-emitting carpets and paints, and triple-layered windows, many of which are at the tower's corners.

The U-shape of the building’s footprint was prescribed to accommodate Teardrop Park south, an extension of the Teardrop Park on the adjacent site to the north.


The building has a health club, a children's playroom, bicycle storage, a garage, a lap pool, a Public Library branch, the Poets House National Poetry Library and Library Center, a doorman, a concierge and a cold-storage room for perishable items.


Residence J on floor 9 is a four-bedroom unit with a large entry foyer that opens onto a 38-foot-long great room with an open kitchen with an island and leads also to a 17-foot-long study. 

Apartment 29DE is a five-bedroom unit that has a very long entry gallery that opens into a 25-foot-long great room adjacent to a large open kitchen with a pass-through and a island next to a 27-foot-long sitting room. 

Apartment AB on the 29th floor is a four-bedroom unit that has a foyer that opens onto a 20-foot-square great room, an open kitchen and a 23-foot-long dining area. 

Apartment F on the 10th floor is a three-bedroom unit that has an entry foyer that opens onto a 27-foot-long great room with an open kitchen with an island. 

Apartment L on the 10th floor is a three-bedroom unit that has a long entry foyer that opens onto a 27-foot-long great room with an 8-foot-wide family room alcove next to an open kitchen with an island. 

Apartment M on the 10th floor is a three-bedroom unit with a foyer that opens onto an open, pass-through kitchen and a 21-foot-long great room. 

Residence R on the 10th floor is a four-bedroom unit with a 16-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 21-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 28-foot-long angled great room with an open kitchen at one end. 

Apartment 11K has an entry foyer next to a pass-through kitchen to a 17-foot-long angled great room. 


The building was designed by Polshek Partnership LLC for the Sheldrake Organization. David Rockwell designed the interiors.

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