Jetting out of the western part of lower Manhattan, Battery Park City is a planned community that's relatively new to NYC. Full of luxury apartments, classy cocktail bars, and a large shopping complex, Battery Park City is the upscale waterfront living people dream about.
Battery Park City is not an organic part of the island of Manhattan. Instead it was used as a port where several major accidents and sinkings had occurred. This left the area dilapidated and largely abandoned.
By the early 1960’s, New York was tired of these largely destroyed portions of land and sea and wrote up a proposal to create an extension of the island by way of landfill. In 1966, after several plans were hotly debated, the plan for Battery Park City was unveiled and construction soon began.
The island extension was done by filling the area with debris and bedrock from the construction of various Manhattan projects of the past, like The World Trade Center. While progress largely stalled in the 1970’s due to a financial crisis, some clever number crunching saved it. The landfill was finished by 1979 and the first of many residential developments started construction in 1980. Today, Battery Park City is 36 acres of luxury.
Battery Park City has a much more modern look to it than most of the city does. The luxury apartment complexes range from mid to high rise, and are very elegant looking, giving the skyline in this area a major upgrade.
Battery Park City is extremely affluent, but the New York hustle that can be found in neighboring areas is a tad absent from here. Even when bars and restaurants are full, there’s a relaxed energy to the neighborhood.
During the weekends, when the Financial District is largely closed, the area is very peaceful. Waterfront views and elegant restaurants make for a relaxing haven from the rest of the city. It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon on a day off.
Battery Park City is extremely safe and quiet. It’s a bit out of the way, but the people who live here sing its praises. Good schools and hospitals are nearby, and it's close to a number of waterfront parks and attractions. Battery Park City is a great place for families.
The New York City subway system does not have a direct route to Battery Park City. The closest train to the neighborhood is the 1 by way of Chambers street, WTC Cortlandt, and Rector street.
Biking isn’t very popular here, as most residents find it easier to walk in this area. There are virtually no Citi Bike docking stations and a low number of bike lanes.
Driving is okay in this area. However, this neighborhood is very walkable, and parking here can get expensive fast.
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Battery Park City is located within New York County, New York. This area currently has 1,634,989 residents in 753,385 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.7.
When looking at residents older than 25, 12.55% have graduated from high school, 31.80% have a bachelor's degree, and 28.64% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 62.9% and the median income in this county is $75,513.
At least 76.86% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 31.4 minutes.
Geographically, New York County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.