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Battery Park's Dutch Treat Getting Ready for a Real Debut

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[Photos by Will Femia.]

Battery Park's new bit of starchitecture, the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, had its "grand opening" back in September 2009. But that was just a photo op for the Dutch royal family, who helped pay for the windmill-shaped oddity and were in town to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the cloggers first setting foot on our soil. Now Dutch architect Ben van Berkel's contribution to Peter Minuit Plaza is set to open for real on May 12, according to the Battery Conservancy. The grounds still need work, but the windmill looks raring to go. It will soon have a café called the Battery Bistro, serving an "eco-friendly menu" (pot brownies, obviously) and craft beers into the night. Worth the wait?
· New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion [Battery Conservancy]
· Battery Bistro Opening in New Amsterdam Pavilion [Eater]
· New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion coverage [Curbed]