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City Living: Battery Park City
When visiting Battery Park City, you might want to bring sunscreen or a light jacket. Although BPC covers only 92 acres, more than a third of the neighborhood consists of parks and public spaces.
With its flower-lined walkways, waterside paths and lush lawns, Battery Park City is a pedestrian’s dream.
For some, it is hard to think that this bustling neighborhood was nothing more than an idea 50 years ago. The first residential building, Gateway Plaza at 389 South End Ave., wasn’t even completed until 1983.
But stemming from the combined efforts of the Battery Park City Authority, the New York State public benefit corporation that has owned and managed the area since 1968, and private developers, it is now a desirable place to call home.“It wasn’t always a hip place to be, even five years ago,” said Jared Paletti, a broker at Spire Group. “But now … it’s a viable alternative to the West Village, and certainly more diverse.”
By KATHARINE ULRICH
Need To Know
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New York Public Library, 175 North End Ave. More »
Nearby USPS offices are at 15 Rector St. and 90 Church St. More »
The First Precinct covers Battery Park, the Financial District, SoHo and TriBeCa. According to the NYPD’s CompStat reports, overall crime declined nearly 54% from 2001 to 2012. More »
For a quick bite, head to the food trucks parked at the World Financial Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. The rotating schedule of mobile eateries brings sandwiches and sliders at Miami Food Machine and barbecued Mexican classics at the aptly named Mexicue. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at Andy’s Italian Ice, which scoops up refreshing flavors such as mojito and orange fresca.
Inatteso Pizzabar Casano
A Battery Park City favorite since December 2008, Inatteso serves modern interpretations of Italian classics. Great for lunch or dinner, try the Neapolitan pizzas fresh from the brick oven or the well-priced house-made pasta dishes.
This pan-Asian restaurant serves classics like fresh spring rolls, noodle dishes, and stir-fries. The sushi and sashimi are recommended, such as the popular Battery Park Roll with salmon and fresh pineapple, topped with avocado and caviar. Bonus: Wei West has a nice offering of gluten-free options.
Black Hound Bar and Lounge
Next door to sister restaurant Southwest NY, this neighborhood bar is notable for its warm atmosphere and exceptional cocktails. A relative newcomer to the area, Black Hound is welcomed for its specialty literary-themed drinks. Try the Mark Twain-inspired Widow Douglas, with Dewar’s, ginger, honey, peach, lemon and peach bitters, for a swift kick.
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
A local favorite, Loopy Doopy is located on top of the Conrad Hotel. With stunning views of the Hudson and a nice breeze, visitors may be so enchanted sipping the specialty drink — a frozen ice pop served in a glass of prosecco — they will not be bothered by the $18 price tag.
North End Grill
North End Grill, one of the newest restaurants from Danny Meyer’s ever-expanding Union Square Hospitality Group, is a New American bar and grill. Though the food has earned its own accolades, the real passion of the place comes from the impressive Scotch bar, extensive wine list and fun cocktails
Catering to the higher-end market, Bloom sells exquisite arrangements of flowers and well-curated gift packages. One (beautiful) signature package comes with 70 hot pink and lime green roses, tulips, orchids and more, but will set you back a cool $385.
Bulls and Bears Winery
Though a bit pricey, Bulls and Bears has a large selection of both common and hard-to-find wines and liquors. Don’t hesitate to ask an associate for an honest opinion.
Manhattan Sailing School
Offering classes for all experience levels, Manhattan Sailing School remains New York’s largest sailing school. Novices sign up for Basic Sailing, which instructs the wannabe sailor on, well, the basics. But for the more practiced, check out Coastal Cruising or Learn to Race. Classes range in price; call for more details.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
This museum, officially titled Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, strives to educate visitors on Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries. With a special focus on Holocaust remembrance, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a must-see in Battery Park City for people of all ages.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Battery Park City is home to 13 different playgrounds and parks, one of which is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Located at the northernmost point of the nabe near River Terrace and Warren Street, Rockefeller Park is a great place to relax or play, due to its playground, public art pieces and spacious green lawns.