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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 pedestrians 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., wasnt 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 wasnt always a hip place to be, even five years ago, said Jared Paletti, a broker at Spire Group. But now its a viable alternative to the West Village, and certainly more diverse.

By KATHARINE ULRICH