Welcome to
Freedom Plaza


The largest undeveloped plot of land in Manhattan, once transformed, will create acres of additional green space by the East River and become a dynamic and thriving community asset.


Once an industrial area of slaughterhouses, coal yards, and freight depots, this site became home to New York Edison’s Waterside Station in 1901. Despite numerous technological upgrades over decades, the plant caused significant environmental damage to the enclave.


In 1945, the aftermath of World War II brought the formation of the United Nations. With it came the need for a headquarters, and somewhere to build it. John Rockefeller Jr. purchased the east side parcel of land from real estate developer Wallace Zeckendorf, and donated it to the United Nations. A subsequent competition named two board members, Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, as designers of the project. The rise of the United Nations proved to be a turning point for the east side area.


The Beaux Arts-style power plant was decommissioned in 2005 by the now re-named Consolidated Edison. After a sale to the Soloviev Group in 2007, the structure was demolished, creating the vacant lot that remains today.  A century of industrial use left the site significantly contaminated and the EPA identified it as a Brownfield, or a property compromised by presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In response, the Soloviev Group spent nearly $100 million cleansing the land of toxic materials.


In the wake of the significant damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York City establishes climate resiliency and the protection of coastal sites from storm surge and future flooding events as a priority.

With waterfront property recognized as one of the city’s greatest assets, a focus on creating a continuous and accessible waterfront park is renewed. The site is one of the few remaining sizable and undeveloped plots of land in Manhattan.


A partnership of best-in-class industry leaders join forces to develop a welcoming and revitalized riverside destination where recreation, culture and community provide an extraordinary experience for every visitor.

Our vision is a dynamic space where entertainment, cultural richness, and communal bonds intertwine to encourage an urban integrated resort unlike any other.


Acres of Public Park with Multiple Amenities


New Apartments


PermanentlyAffordable Units


Square Feet of Meeting and Conference Space


Square Foot Gaming Area


Total of Restaurants, Bars & Lounges


Hotel Guest Rooms


Square Foot Wellness and Spa Center


Parking Spaces /20% with EV Charges


Square FeetArt Gallery


Pools: Roof Deck Infinity Pool and Indoor Pool


Square Foot Multi-Story Food Hall

Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG:

“When Le Corbusier, Niemeyer and Harrison designed the UN Secretariat Building, they grafted an oasis of international modernism onto the dense urban grid of Manhattan, creating a park on the river framed by towers and pavilions. Due to the nature of the work of the UN, access to that park - although open to all nations - remains necessarily restricted, for good reasons.

With our design for Freedom Plaza, we continue to build on these architectural principles by uniting three city blocks to form a public green space reaching from 1st Avenue to the East River overlook, creating a green connection all the way to the water’s edge.

Bookending the park are two pairs of towers, joined at base or top and each framing a corner plaza: one showcasing the life of the city and the other forming an urban gate from the city to the upper park and East River beyond. Balanced on a perch overlooking the river, the Museum of Freedom and Democracy neighbors the towers and celebrates the origin and evolution of one of the most impactful inventions of mankind and our continuous struggle to build, maintain and protect the institutions that uphold it.

We are incredibly honored and thrilled to be part of the team that can envision a new major public space in this great city, to contribute to the iconic skyline of Manhattan’s riverfront, and to imagine the architecture of the museum celebrating one of mankind’s greatest inventions: Democracy.”


The Soloviev Group, Developer

Unwavering in its commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, the Soloviev Group brings four generations of successful development across community-focused verticals, including hospitality, commercial and residential development, agriculture, energy, logistics and philanthropy. Freedom Plaza is a property that the company looks forward to cultivating as a mixed-use development in its wonderful neighborhood on Manhattan's East Side. For more information, visit

Mohegan, Principal Operator

In the dazzling landscape of entertainment and gaming, Mohegan stands as a true icon, setting the standard for unparalleled experiences and unmatched excellence. With over two decades of experience creating singular entertainment destinations, Mohegan knows how to build customer experiences like no other.

Banyan Group, Hospitality Partner

Banyan Tree is a globally recognized luxury brand with over 40 years of operating experience around the world. With Banyan Tree’s operational background that is well established in urban gateway city hotels globally, the brand is also recognized internationally as a global leader in spa and wellbeing experiences. Banyan Tree’s strategic alliance with Accor allows for additional strength in distribution through the Accor ALL loyalty program and property awareness. Accor currently has only two other properties in New York City - The Plaza Hotel and the Sofitel New York.


An expansive riverside space with dynamic public amenities, world-class cuisine, shopping opportunities, and enriching culture and entertainment creates a vibrant and flourishing environment for the community.

Public Open Space
Three city blocks are united to form a 4.77-acre multilevel, universally accessible green space including a children’s play area, dog run, event lawn and bandshell. Gardens of climate-adaptive species underscore the park’s commitment to sustainable practices while providing a respite from the city and framing the inspiring vista of the East River.
Supporting Small and Minority-Owned Business
Freedom Plaza is committed to curating a diverse collection of premium service providers, elevating local businesses of all sizes owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans. Ongoing cross-promotion and marketing efforts will foster collaboration and mutual growth.
Cultural Programming
Arts and culture are central to the experience of Freedom Plaza in the form of Bruce Munro’s permanent illuminated installation Field of Lights, The Museum of Freedom and Democracy and the Soloviev Art Gallery, featuring a rotating exhibit of works by modern Masters.
Affordable Housing
The development will include 1,325 apartments, with nearly 40% permanently offered at below market-rate. This represents the largest number of apartments of this kind to be built in the neighborhood in at least a decade.
Community Reinvestment Fund
Two percent of gaming net profits will be reinvested into a community fund, with a minimum contribution of $5 million each year.
Job Creation
Thousands of union jobs will be created during the project’s construction and ongoing operation.



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