What To Do in The Neighborhood
Battery Park City is a 92-acre planned community at the southwestern tip of Lower Manhattan in New York City, which has achieved international acclaim for its groundbreaking green community development. Through a public/private partnership between the Battery Park City Authority and private developers, this planned community has become a blueprint for urban development.
Today, Battery Park City contains 9.3 million square feet of commercial space, 7.2 million square feet of housing, 9,000 residents, 52 shops and services, 35 acres of parks, 22 restaurants, 20 works of public art, 3 public schools, 2 hotels, a multi-screen movie theater, a marina, a 1.2-mile esplanade, numerous gardens and playgrounds, birdwatching opportunities and nature walks, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Irish Hunger Memorial, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the New York City Police Memorial and the Skyscraper Museum.
Battery Park is where the history of New York City began. This part of Manhattan remains a vibrant and active part of the city today, within walking distance of the Memorial at Ground Zero and the Financial District, ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island but also dotted with parks, gardens and museums. Visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/batterypark/highlights/7712 for details. If you are particularly interested in poetry, you may want to keep an eye out for Poets House’s next poetic walking tour, a free 20-minute tour of the neighborhood featuring readings by preeminent poetic voices of the day.