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In the decades since it emerged as the results of a master plan created in the 1960s, Battery Park City has emerged as one of New York’s family-friendliest neighborhoods with an atmosphere of escape from the bustle of the city. Rockefeller Park, Teardrop Park, nearby sports fields, and an Asphalt Green outpost offer no shortage of recreation options. It is well situated near the high-end dining and shopping of Brookfield Place as well as Tribeca’s Whole Foods, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond shops. For all its suburbia-esque atmosphere, it is positioned near a number of transportation options to help commuters reach any part of the city they want.
Battery Park City has also emerged as one of New York’s most environmentally conscious neighborhoods. While the neighborhood’s relatively high elevation spared it some of the devastation other neighborhoods experienced during Superstorm Sandy, many acknowledge that between rising sea levels and the growing climate threat, they may not be as lucky with future storms.
In September 2020, in response to the goal to make New York State carbon neutral by 2050, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) partnered with Buro Happold on a 10-year sustainability plan for the neighborhood. The goals include creating more green space, less energy and water use, better air quality, and shared streets. These will be achieved through water conservation and recycling, deep energy retrofits, greenhouse gas emission and environmental monitoring and reporting, sustainable consumption and building materials, and renewable energy supply and storage.
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Additionally, the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project aims to protect the coastline from rising waters and increasingly powerful storms. It has attracted considerable attention of late because Wagner Park, a 3.5-acre public park at the south end of Battery Park City, is located in the midst of the plan. Locals are protesting the plan to demolish the park and rebuild it on higher ground, enlisting local candidates for support and even calling upon the original engineers of the park to come up with alternatives. However, proponents of the project say the move is necessary to save the park from future storm surges.
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The fight over Wagner Park does not appear to have deterred buyers, though — CityRealty data shows that Battery Park City prices are inching back to pre-pandemic levels. At the beginning of the year, when one-time rental The Solaire was converted to a condop, word-of-mouth requests from residents and neighbors led to a number of contracts being signed before sales officially launched. Closings are now underway at an average price of $1,524 per square foot. A short distance away, Tribeca Green is also in the midst of a sales conversion.

Developed by The Albanese Organization | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli
8 available units from $750K - $6.95M

70-Little-West-Street-01 All images of The Visionaire via Douglas Elliman
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The Visionaire's carefully designed glass walls, recycled and renewable components, Energy Star appliances, renewable electricity, and on-site wastewater and reclamation system were instrumental in its LEED Platinum certification. However, as the luxurious interiors demonstrate, none of this came at the expense of style. Amenities include an outdoor roof garden, indoor pool, fitness center, residents' lounge, children's playroom, and on-site parking.

Developed by Albanese Organization | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli
14 available units from $745K - $3.23M

20-River-Terrace-01 All images of The Solaire via Albanese Organization
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Between its naturally harvested and recycled building materials, photovoltaic panels, high-level humidification and ventilation systems, black water treatment and reuse system, and Energy Star fixtures, it is little wonder The Solaire was chosen for one of the American Institute of Architects' Top Ten Green Awards in 2004. More recently, amidst the sales conversion, COOKFOX reimagined the interiors with noise-reducing Low-E casement windows and environmentally friendly appliances and finishes. COOKFOX also brought their biophilic sensibilities to the building's amenities, which include a fitness center, a lounge with catering kitchen, and landscaped roof terrace.

Developed by Site 16/17 Development LLC | Design by Ismael Leyva
4 availabilities from $3M - $18.8M

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2-River-Terrace-02 Interiors via R New York
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As a result of Riverhouse's LEED Gold certification, residents enjoy twice-filtered air, filtered water, lower energy bills, and energy-efficient appliances. They also enjoy open city and river views, spacious layouts, flexible floor plans, and amenities like a fitness center, lap pool, bike room, game room, media lounge, pet grooming area, interior courtyard, and outdoor terrace.

Developed by Millennium Group | Design by Handel Architects
1 availability for $3.25M

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30-West-Street-02 Interiors via Core Group
30-West-Street-03 Lounge via Douglas Elliman
Millennium Tower Residences is topped with solar panels and was constructed with local, recyclable materials and a on-site wastewater system. All units receive fresh filtered air and come outfitted with energy-saving appliances. Residents also enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end finishes, and access to concierge service, a fitness center, a lounge, a children's playroom, a bike room, and valet parking.

Developed by Related Rentals | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

325-North-End-Avenue-01 All images of Tribeca Green via Related Rentals
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Tribeca Green was built in 2005 for New Yorkers who want to lead a healthy, eco-conscious life. The living green roof mitigates runoff, twice-filtered indoor air is newly appreciated in the wake of lockdown, and Energy Star-rated appliances and sustainable building practices translate into lower energy costs for residents. Such perks are expected to stay in place amidst its condop conversion.

Battery Park City School - LEED Gold

Developed by NYC Department of Education | Design by Dattner Architects

Battery-Park-City-School-01 Battery Park City School via Vanni Archive
Battery Park City School, also known as PS/IS 276, was one of the first schools to be built under the New York City School Construction Authority’s Green Schools Guide. The kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms are lit with natural light, and environmentally friendly infrastructure features include photovoltaic panels, extensive energy and weather monitoring systems, high-efficiency boilers, extra insulation, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Teardrop Park

Developed by Battery Park City Authority | Design by Michael van Valkenburgh Associates

Teardrop-Park-01 Teardrop Park via Michael van Valkenburgh Associates
Located at the north end of Battery Park City, Teardrop Park's design was coordinated with the development of four surrounding residential buildings, created to give urban children a connection to nature, and designed with sustainability as a guiding principle. The 1.8-acre park was designed with organic soils and maintenance regimes that don't depend on pesticides, and treated and recycled greywater from The Solaire (see above) and stormwater runoff supply all the park's irrigation needs. The park was expanded in 2009 and includes three solar mirrors that reflect the sun from the top of a nearby residential building.

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