Battery Park City
Battery Park City, a neighborhood that took a big hit during the September 11 terrorist attacks due to its closeness to the former World Trade Center, has bounced back in full swing, and is a hot locale for young families and professionals.
History & Culture
The neighborhood, which is just north of its namesake park that supplies views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty, was created from soil and rocks excavated during the building of the World Trade Center, as well as other construction projects around the city. It is separated from the rest of Lower Manhattan by West Street, and is surrounded by the Hudson River on the west, north and south, of which many of its residents have sweeping views. The area consists mostly of high-rise residential buildings and is also home to the World Financial Center, an office complex that counts American Express, Dow Jones and other big corporations as its tenants.
Dine & Shop
Though the neighborhood suffered a population exodus after the attacks, it no longer has a lack of residents or amenities. In the last few years, eateries run by popular restaurateur Danny Meyer and others have opened, and its Regal Cinema underwent a renovation in 2010. Other entertainment options include the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, which offers retail stores, restaurants and occasional musical performances. Battery Park hosts free concerts throughout the summer, and to the northeast there is easy access to the many eateries and bars in TriBeCa. Battery Park City is served by New York City School District 2. It is home to the renowned Stuyvesant High School and P.S. 089 grade school. No subway stops are in Battery Park City’s borders. Most major train lines are a short walk away, in the Financial District, as are New Jersey Transit trains by the World Trade Center. A free bus service is available to take neighborhood residents to many of these stops. Media covering Battery Park City include Battery Park Blog and BatteryParkCity.com.