Battery Park City
Battery Park City is a planned community covering 92-acres at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan, and is one of Manhattan’s youngest neighborhoods. There are no walk-ups, brownstones or tenement buildings here, only modern luxury towers that are either condos or rentals. The Battery Park City Green Building Guidelines were among the first of their type, making it one of the “greenest” neighborhood developments anywhere in the United States.
Due to its somewhat remote location, this is truly a neighborhood of its own—the community infrastructure caters to residents' lifestyles, with a number of gyms, restaurants, parks, indoor tennis, racquetball and golf facilities.
The neighborhood is the site of the World Financial Center and numerous housing, commercial and retail buildings. A stunning skywalk connects Battery Park City to the famed Wintergarden and the rest of the city. If the Wintergarden is the neighborhood's heart, its soul is the Esplanade, a long strip of boardwalk along the West Hudson, perfect for biking, rollerblading and jogging, with plenty of seating and impressive views.The north end of the site is occupied by Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s finest. The development has tremendous appeal for people who work downtown, but nearly all major subways are nearby. Battery Park City may have seen some awkward times, but on a summer day—with an outdoor concert at the yacht-filled North Cove Marina, sailboats in the harbor, the Statue of Liberty in the background and outdoor cafés filled with people—it seems clear that it has survived rather magnificently.