Get to know Battery Park City
Battery Park City, sitting between West Street and the Hudson River at the southern tip of Manhattan, was intended to be a model residential community just a short distance from the Financial District. Ask the area’s residents, and almost all would agree it was a success. Construction began in 1980; today, 30+ residential buildings are separated by landscaped squares and paths, while a riverside promenade runs along the neighborhood’s western edge. It has a decidedly different pace and feel from other parts of Manhattan that is made even more appealing with sunset views over the Hudson and cool breezes off the water. On sunny summer weekends, there’s often an almost-festive air when it can feel as if much of the city has decided to stroll along the promenade. In recent years the neighborhood has become even more popular, thanks to new retail developments and restaurants in the adjacent Financial District.
Commerce & Culture
Battery Park City long felt removed from the rest of Manhattan, not only physically but also because of its more limited shopping and dining options. Brookfield Place has helped change that, with high-end retail and five restaurants, as have the stores at the World Trade Center, just to the east of Battery Park City. The Conrad Hotel within Battery Park City caters to both visitors and locals, while Tribeca draws residents north with its selection of restaurants, many helmed by some of the city’s leading chefs. Given that it’s a relatively small neighborhood, the number of notable cultural institutions located there is impressive: the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Skyscraper Museum, and Poets House, a library with a calendar filled with readings and talks open to the public.