Living in Battery Park City
Battery Park City is, indubitably, the newest neighborhood in Manhattan. There may be places with newer names, but all the apartments for rent in this one were built within the past thirty years. That's because the land Battery Park City is built on didn't exist until 1976. The area used to be nothing but piers and the Hudson River. Developers used landfill from the World Trade Center and other projects to reclaim everything now connected to the Financial District on the west side of West Street.
Plans for the project, named for adjacent Battery Park, were green lit in 1966. After the landfill phase finished, the first thing to go up was the World Financial Center. Then came residential buildings, constructed starting in the 1980s. There are five sections to Battery Park City-the World Financial Center and four residential areas, all mostly completed by the turn of the century. Then the terrorist attacks of September 11th damaged the neighborhood and closed it off for ten days. While it took time and effort to recover, Battery Park City once again is filling with commercial and retail businesses. It has yet to develop character of its own, but Battery Park City remains clean, green, and convenient to downtown.
Battery Park City Lifestyle and Entertainment
Because Battery Park City is mostly residential, supporting businesses have continued to set up shop here. The neighborhood contains supermarkets, pharmacies, and retail stores including Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. There are a lot of restaurants here, but many only open for the lunch crowd from the Financial District. Don't worry; you can still get dinner or a drink, but your options aren't overwhelming.
Battery Park City has a multiplex movie theater, ball fields, and a marina. A string of waterfront parks makes for an excellent stroll. You can glory in the sunset and views of the Statue of Liberty. There are also nearly two-dozen pocket parks here, making it easy to find a secluded spot.
Battery Park City Info and the Rental Market
The four residential sections of Battery Park City are evenly split between low-rise and high-rise buildings. Most of the people who live in these apartments are upper or upper middle class families or workers on Wall Street. On the whole, the neighborhood has a suburban feel, with kids and dogs in plentiful supply. One-bedroom rentals average $3,151 and two-bedrooms go for around $5,817. All apartments are in doorman buildings. Remember, the oldest units are only 30 years old. Some apartments also claim spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.
The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, R, and W subway lines run just across West Street in the Financial District, about a ten minute walk away. The northern, Tribeca end of Battery Park City is a bit easier to get to and from, but costs reflect this. The southern end, on the other hand, is quieter. Ferries for New Jersey destinations leave from a terminal north of the World Financial Center.
Battery Park City Resources
The Winter Garden Atrium inside the World Financial Center was heavily damaged during the 9/11 attacks, but has since been rebuilt. This 10-story pavilion houses full-grown trees, other plants, and shops. The Museum of Jewish Heritage sits at the south end of Battery Park City. It includes a living memorial to those who died in the Holocaust. Stuyvesant High School holds down the north end of the neighborhood. The New York Public Library has a branch off Murray Street. Battery Park City falls under the oversight of Manhattan Community Board No. 1.
Battery Park City Zip Codes
The zip code for Battery Park City is 10280.