Battery Park City is an oasis of green spaces and quiet neighborhoods in the shadows of New York’s Financial District. This area was nothing but marshland until the 1960s when initial reclamation efforts transformed it into a part of the New York port area, which eventually turned into a blighted industrial zone as the shipping industry declined. The area was built up as a landfill for construction debris from projects that included the original World Trade Center, the NYC Water Tunnel, other development projects and sand dredged off New York Harbor. Revitalization efforts in the 1980s brought gleaming residential and mixed-use towers that were some of the most luxurious Manhattan real estate for sale.
Battery Park City is named after the 25-acre public park, which is adjacent to the neighborhood. It is located on the south end of Manhattan Island. West Street defines the area’s eastern border, and it also serves as a buffer from the frenetic pace of lower Manhattan’s Financial District. The Hudson River surrounds the north, west and southern borders of this neighborhood, providing expansive waterside views and an unobstructed vantage point from which to gaze at the Statue of Liberty. The events of September 11, 2001 had a significant impact on this area and trends in apartments for sale in New York as many of the structures near the Twin Towers were severely damaged. Residents were forced out due to debris, structural issues and ambient air contamination that lasted for a while. However, housing incentives and rapid redevelopment have driven robust growth in homes for sale Manhattan.
Based on its geographic layout, the Battery Park neighborhood can be described as four sections with each section defined by the type of real estate development found in the area. The first section along the waterfront includes residential high-rises, a branch of the New York Public Library, Stuyvesant High School, various hotels, restaurants and shops and corporate offices, including the Goldman Sachs headquarters.
What was once known as World Financial Center is now Brookfield Place, which anchors the second section. The primary residential areas are located north and south of Brookfield Place with the southern section extending into Winter Garden. This is the denser section that includes the Gateway Plaza, the Rector Place Residential Neighborhood and the area known as Battery Place Residential Neighborhood. These residential apartments are in strategic proximity to groceries, dining places, movie theaters and parks. The northern section consists of brick apartment buildings rising about 20 to 45 stories.
For those in search of homes for sale or for rent Manhattan, Battery Park is the ideal, family-friendly neighborhood. It is served by P.S. 89, Hudson Middle School, Battery Park City School and Stuyvesant High School, which is one of New York’s top high schools. A number of private schools are accessible to residents of Battery Park. The schools include Pine Street School, Lang School and several prominent schools located in adjacent neighborhoods.
For post-secondary schools, Columbia University is easily accessible via subway from Battery Park, and so is New York University, using a different subway service.