At 92 acres, Battery Park City covers the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan and is bounded on the east by West Street, which separates the area from the Financial District of downtown Manhattan. Surrounded on three sides by water, river views (including The Statue of Liberty views) in this area abound. Most of the neighborhood is residential, and approximately one third of the area is devoted to parks such as the Hudson River Park, Battery Park and a waterfront esplanade, making this area highly desirable for families as well as workers from the nearby Financial District.
Battery Park is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that it houses Castle Garden, which has served as a fort, an opera house, a theatre, an aquarium, and in the 1800s – an immigration processing center. In its day, it welcomed more than 8 million new immigrants. Now it serves as the ticket sales center for ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The buildings in Battery Park City are all new constructions, as it is one of NY’s youngest neighborhoods, and features luxury towers that are condo or rental. The Battery Park City Green Building Guidelines were enacted in 2000 and were responsible for the construction of the first “green” residential tower in the United States. The neighborhood also boasts a free shuttle, the Downtown Connection® bus route, connecting BPC with South Street Seaport, making stops throughout lower Manhattan. With a neighborhood movie theatre, a branch of the New York Public Library, and a steady stream of events, concerts, and art exhibitions held at the World Financial Center and Winter Garden, you may never want to venture uptown.