Neighborhood Spotlight: Battery Park City
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting out our own string of neighborhood profiles for our renters. We’re starting off with Battery Park City - located near the southern tip of Manhattan. There, renters can find a number of no-fee luxury high-rises with a wonderful view of the surrounding rivers. Without further ado, we present…
Battery Park City Spotlight
If you’re thinking about moving to Battery Park City, keep that thought. You are on the right track. Bordered by Chambers Street and Battery Place in the North and South, and West Street and the Hudson River in the East and West, Battery Park City will charm you into moving there.
The neighborhood has the prestige of being the “newest” neighborhood in the city. Conceived in the 60’s, construction only began in the early 80’s. Since then, though, there has been a steady stream of renters. In fact, the 2010 census rang in at a tad over 13,000 residents.
Battery Park City’s name is derived from the 25-acre park that lies south of it (Battery Park), and it was built on landfill that was excavated from the World Trade Center and other construction sites around the city. Surprisingly, 9/11 had only a small impact on the neighborhood. Despite renters being understandably spooked in its aftermath, the neighborhood bounced back pretty quickly and is now as strong as ever.
When walking through the quiet streets of Battery Park City, you can’t help but feel the suburban atmosphere. With the park as its backyard and the Hudson River and the ever-growing Jersey City skyline as its backdrop, the neighborhood attracts newcomers looking to live in modern yet affordable buildings. The excellent bike path that runs along West Street is a great perk as well.
Most of the residential buildings that have been built in Battery Park City during the last eight years are proudly “green”. In fact, the neighborhood has the honor of developing the first residential LEED-approved building in Manhattan built on its “recycled” earth: The Solaire at 20 River Terrace (LEED is a nationally accepted rating system created by the United States Green Building Council). Other buildings followed its lead, and the neighborhood currently touts its sustainability as a major drawing point.
There are no walk-ups or buildings older than twenty years here, so if that’s your thing – Battery Park City might not be the place for you. However, if you are interested in a neighborhood that is green, clean, hip, and whose buildings have every amenity imaginable, you’re looking in the right place.
If you’re a budding financier, you’ll be happy to note that many financial firms are located near the lower tip of Manhattan. If you happen to be working at one, Battery Park is an excellent place to start your apartment search.You’ll be able to walk to work (now how many New Yorkers can say that?) in a relatively short amount of time, and not be stressed out by the morning commute. Then you can use those extra two hours to play in other people’s neighborhoods, always knowing that a placid town awaits your return each night.