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Battery Park City

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The moment you step into Battery Park City, you feel like you’re in another world, and although it’s literally just steps away, the rest of Manhattan seems to disappear completely. Featuring abundant green space, endless water views, a great selection of recently constructed full-service residential buildings, and a variety of local shops and restaurants, this neighborhood offers the convenience of living in Manhattan along with an undeniable sense of serenity. Not to be confused with the nearby Financial District, this oasis boasts a tremendous number of modest homes with breathtaking river views and outdoor spaces in new, large doorman buildings. And the gorgeous 25-acre Battery Park, from which this neighborhood derives is name, is always just a short walk away, through the myriad paths and green spaces throughout this delightfully lush enclave.


Landscape

Battery Park is nearly an island, with the Hudson River forming three of its four boundary edges. Its 92 acres are connected to Manhattan at West Street, starting at Chambers Street at the north and continuing southwards to Battery Park itself. With a healthy mix of residential and retail space in mostly high- and mid-rise buildings, this area also houses the new Goldman Sachs headquarters at 200 West Street, the World Financial Center, the Winter Garden, Stuyvesant High School, a large cinema multiplex, the North Cove yacht harbor, and 30 acres of green space along the picturesque Hudson waterfront. Accessible from the 1,2,3, and R trains, as well as bus lines, the area can also be accessed through several pedestrian bridges that connect to the Financial District.


History

Battery Park City is a planned community that was physically added to Manhattan during the 1970s using soil and rocks largely excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center, along with sand dredged from the New York Harbor. The first building broke ground in 1980, and this new neighborhood saw yet another groundbreaking rebirth after the events of September 11, 2001, after which the area received tremendous support from the Battery Park Conservancy and the Battery Park City Authority. Shortly thereafter, this neighborhood experienced robust real estate development and was revitalized once again.