Living in Battery Park City
River views and river life are the biggest draws for seekers of Battery Park City apartments and condos. Because the land is technically owned by the Battery Park City Authority, a public entity, residents of these downtown condos do not pay taxes, but rather PILOT — Payments in Lieu of Taxes — which help to maintain the glorious esplanade which is Battery Park City’s crown jewel. The beautiful ribbon runs for 1.2 miles, linking together a string of kid- and pet-friendly parks. Many of Battery Park City’s condos look out onto these wonderful bits of green to the Hudson and beyond. Strolling, rollerblading, biking, or just catching a spectacular sunset or a close-up of the Statue of Liberty are all perks enjoyed in this wonderful downtown neighborhood.
Manhattan's most modern neighborhood, Battery Park City is a self-contained planned community. It covers 92 acres of scenic river views, lush gardens and sky-high condos. There’s a suburban feeling to the quiet streets and parkways of this sleek development. With a well-tended esplanade running from top to bottom and interior blocks studded with public parks, residents have plenty of areas to enjoy outdoor recreation. Whether you favor sunbathing or sports, there’s something for everyone. Among the area’s many perks is an easy commute. Wall Street is accessible in under 15 minutes, and a cluster of subway lines are within close reach. All of the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan may be moments away, but Battery Park City remains serene.
Battery Park City real estate
River views and eco-friendly fixtures characterize Battery Park City real estate. This contemporary community may not have historic brownstones, but it makes up for it with luxurious condos and high-rise rentals. These come fully equipped with amenities like parking garages, onsite gyms and concierge desks. Battery Park City apartments and condos are built on land owned by the Battery Park City Authority. Residents pay PILOT or 'payments in lieu of taxes' rather than taxes on their properties. These payments maintain the lush parks and clean streets that characterize the neighborhood. High-rises offer views of the Esplanade, Hudson River and even New Jersey in the distance. The Solaire is the nation’s first environmentally friendly high-rise, and developments like Riverhouse and Visionaire meet the latest luxury standards, right down to freshly filtered air and water.
Battery Park City history
Once the site of a battery, Battery Park City is now New York’s newest residential neighborhood. In the 17th century, the Dutch used the site to place their cannons facing across the water. Strategically positioned at the meeting point of the Hudson and East Rivers, Battery Park City was then used as industrial dockland.
This all changed in the 1960s, when the Battery Park City Authority was founded to oversee the area’s renewal. The first order of business was to extend the Manhattan shoreline beyond existing wharves and create a blank slate to build on. The authority adopted a Master Plan devised by Cooper-Eckstut in 1979. It perfectly married commercial, retail and residential space, with a third of the area set aside as public parkland. Gateway Plaza was the first complex constructed, followed by the World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place). New environmental guidelines published by the BPCA created an eco-friendly neighborhood, which you can see in buildings like the Solaire and the Verdesian. Today, the area continues to grow according to the original Master Plan. It’s a well-rounded community with a growing commercial presence.
Battery Park City restaurants
Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place is a stylish food hall marked with white marble and glass walls featuring views over the marina below. This isn't your average food court. It draws a rush at lunchtime, when finance workers and locals alike visit chef-driven spots like Umami Burger, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar. Chic French market Le District is the go-to destination to stock up on foie gras and Camembert. It also has a café and wine bar, as well as sophisticated restaurant Beaubourg. Fine dining options have been growing more numerous in Battery Park City. Mexican cantina El Vez and barbecue restaurant Blue Smoke are now neighbors with new tapas restaurants and the third branch of Parm. Like the first Parm in NoLita, the new restaurant is vintage in décor and prepares comforting Italian-American classics.
Battery Park City events
Every summer, Battery Park City’s expansive green spaces come to life with an action-packed calendar of events. The River and Blues Festival, outdoor yoga and adult art classes are just a few examples of community-minded events. Cinema buffs can enjoy special events at Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11. This modern multiplex screens first-run blockbusters, and is also an official venue for the Tribeca Film Festival. Brookfield Place also hosts an eclectic selection of Battery Park City events, including children’s shows on Saturday mornings and art installations.
Battery Park City shopping
Brookfield Place is the area’s premier shopping complex. Housed in the former World Financial Center, its $250 million makeover includes basket-shaped steel columns and a luminous glass pavilion. It’s home to top-tier international fashion houses including Burberry and Gucci, as well as brands like J.Crew and Lululemon. There's also Saks Fifth Avenue, with a modernist space filling 85,000 square feet with designer ready-to-wear, gifts, cosmetics and accessories. It’s only the second Saks store in New York City, and will include in-store art exhibitions.
Battery Park City activities
With a third of the area set aside for green spaces, there’s no shortage of parks to relax in. The Esplanade skirts along the river, providing sweeping views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor. Its traffic-free pathways include lush gardens and modern sculptures. Kowsky Plaza is a quiet green space featuring a small playground and dog run. It’s also home to a section of the Berlin Wall, gifted to the Battery Park City Authority by the German Consulate.
Public art exists at sites like South Cove Park, which brings together natural surroundings and manmade constructions in a harmonious space. The Museum of Jewish Heritage's six-sided shape represents the Star of David’s six points. It commemorates those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, while also educating visitors about Jewish culture and history with a living history center, gallery spaces and events calendar. Those interested in architecture and New York’s history can visit The Skyscraper Museum, which occupies a ground floor space in a condominium high-rise.
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