Riverhouse, a 31-story condominium rising at the northern end of Battery Park City, has photovoltaic cells on the roof to convert sunlight into electricity, twice-filtered air in its apartments and its own $1 million wastewater treatment plant in the basement. In fact, this building, whose address is One Rockefeller Park, is so “green” that even its corner bakery is organic.
The property’s developer, the Sheldrake Organization, wanted to continue the environmental theme and also enable those who would spend $800,000 to $4 million for a unit in the building to satisfy a taste for indulgence. The solution was to woo Maury Rubin, owner of City Bakery, to open a store on the ground floor of Riverhouse as well as a residents-only cafe off the building’s gymnasium.
The developer offered to help offset the cost of building an ecological bakery. In exchange, Mr. Rubin, a vocal proponent of organic causes, will be able to spread his gospel in a storefront that opens onto Nelson A. Rockefeller Park and is expected to draw not only the building’s residents but also commuters from the World Financial Center ferry terminal.
“I need to thank my children for finding me the perfect partner for the building,” said J. Christopher Daly, Sheldrake’s president, who said his three grade-school children raved about City Bakery’s food, especially its hot chocolate. When he learned that Mr. Rubin already had plans both to expand and to create his own green enterprise, Mr.
Daly was convinced Riverhouse needed its own City Bakery.