In 1976, the 92 acres of landfill that would one day become
Battery Park City was in place and ready.
Unfortunately New York City—which hoped this new development
would help revitalize the lower West Side of Manhattan—was too
broke to get construction started until 1980, according to bpcparks.org.
So until the early 1980s, an actual sandy beach took shape in
the shadow of the nearby World Trade Center, an isolated stretch
popular with local sunbathers and other beach lovers.
“It was called ‘the beach’ because of the sand dunes on
the empty landfill,” Mayor Edward Koch said in 1992, via a 2012
Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York
The New York Times
ran a wonderful series of photos last year in a story about the
beach, which disappeared as construction commenced. But the beach
must have been quite lovely while it lasted!
Marilyn K. Yee/The New York Times; second image: Battery Park
City skyline, MCNY, 1990; 2013.3.2.991]
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Battery Park City used to have a sandy beach