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The north end of Battery Park City and Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront (Evan Joseph Photography) The north end of Battery Park City and Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront (Evan Joseph Photography)
Having risen on a land-fill development as the result of a 1960s master plan, Battery Park City is one of Manhattan’s newest neighborhoods, and has emerged as a highly popular one. Simple geography allows for an atmosphere of escape from the bustle of the city, making it popular among families with children. Rockefeller Park, Teardrop Park, sports fields, and an Asphalt Green outpost allow for endless indoor and outdoor recreation options. It is close to the designer shopping of Brookfield Place as well as more down-to-earth retail offerings like Tribeca’s Target, Whole Foods, and Barnes and Noble outposts. Nearby transportation options include the Oculus transportation hub and the NYC Ferry.

“Public space has had a new renaissance in New York City, but here in Battery Park City is where it started” – B.J. Jones, former President & CEO, Battery Park City Authority

South Battery Park City Resiliency Project South Battery Park City Resiliency Project
Indeed, if locals and officials have anything to say about it, Battery Park City will be going strong for years to come in spite of the increasingly harmful effects of climate change that include rising sea levels. The neighborhood’s high elevation spared it some of the devastation that the nearby Financial District experienced during Superstorm Sandy, but many acknowledge that they might not be as lucky with future storms. To that end, the Battery Park City Resiliency Project aims to protect the coastline from rising waters and “once-in-a-lifetime” storm events that are growing increasingly common with the help of flood barrier systems and upgrades to drainage systems.
The BPC Ball Fields & Community Center Resiliency Project is complete, and was the 2023 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section's Sustainability Project of the Year award. However, the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project ran into some controversy when locals learned that it would cause the beloved Wagner Park to be demolished and rebuilt. Locals protested and even filed a lawsuit, but a judge denied their request for an injunction, citing the costs of delaying a flood risk reduction project like this. Additionally, the BPCA picked a team for the North/West Battery Park City Resiliency Project in February 2023.
Teardrop-Park-01 Teardrop Park via Michael van Valkenburgh Associates
The resiliency efforts are the latest in Battery Park City’s extensive sustainability efforts. Battery Park City School (also known as PS/IS 276) was one of the first to be built under the New York City School Construction Authority’s Green Schools Guide, and features include photovoltaic panels, extensive energy and weather monitoring systems, high-efficiency boilers, extra insulation, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. At the north end of the neighborhood, Teardrop Park was designed with organic soils and maintenance regimes that don't depend on pesticides, and treated and recycled greywater from The Solaire and stormwater runoff supply all its irrigation needs.

Moreover, many residential buildings have achieved the highest levels of LEED certification with features like solar panels, recycled building materials, high-quality air and water filtration, energy-efficient appliances, and low-VOC finishes. These have always attracted environmentally minded buyers, but are being appreciated in a new light in the wake of Local Law 97 and this summer’s air quality emergency.
Bloomberg notes that the BPCA is uniquely able to coordinate climate change efforts in ways other local government entities can't. However, Battery Park City is also subject to a bit of real estate arcana many New York neighborhoods aren't. Because the land Battery Park City was built on is owned by the City of New York, the developers technically do not own the land they’ve built on, but lease it from the BPCA, which in turn leases it from the city. But unlike other land-lease buildings, a number of protections are in place for Battery Park City residents: At the end of December 2022, the lease between Battery Park City and the City of New York was extended to June 18, 2119. The signed bill also included a number of protections for low-income and fixed-income residents who would be vulnerable to rising fees from increased property values and higher tax assessments.
None of that appears to have deterred buyers who are drawn to the luxurious but eco-friendly apartments with beautiful river views, top-of-the-line amenities, and easy access to the best of the neighborhood. CityRealty data shows that the average price of a Battery Park City condo is $1,368 per square foot -- not quite pre-pandemic levels, but inching back up. Below, see CityRealty's top ten Battery Park City buildings.
Battery Park City average condo price per square foot (CityRealty)
Lower Manhattan with the Battery Park City waterfront

26 floors | 248 units | 1986 | Architect: Ulrich Franzen and The Vilkas Group

380 Rector Place
Liberty Terrace is beautifully positioned along the Battery Park City Esplanade and across the street from Rector Park. The building’s staff includes doorman, concierge, and live-in superintendent, and amenities like the gym, pool with outdoor deck and retractable sun roof, and lounge were designed to make the most of its river views.

Living room with river views Liberty Terrace, #10E (Brown Harris Stevens)
Interiors with partially closed kitchen
River and Statue of Liberty views
From the Listing: Spacious one bedroom with views of New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge, plus vistas of surrounding terraces! The living room has double exposures and unbelievable light and views. The windowed kitchen is located just off the generous foyer and connects to the living room/dining area by a pass through counter. See floor plan and full details here.

46 floors | 545 units | 1987 | Architect: Ulrich Franzen and The Vilkas Group

200 Rector Place
At 46 stories high, Liberty Court is one of the tallest buildings in Battery Park City. As such, residents enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, and the Lower Manhattan skyline from their homes as well as from amenities like the rooftop fitness center, glass-enclosed indoor pool, and roof deck.

Private balcony with river views Liberty Court, #19K (Serhant LLC)
From the Listing: Oversized one-bedroom apartment that has a large balcony with water view! New appliances and plenty of cabinet space in the kitchen make meal preparation a breeze. The living area easily accommodates a living area and dining area or work-from-home office. See floor plan and full details here.

25 floors | 238 units | 1986 | Architect: James Stewart Polshek & Partners

377 Rector Place
Battery Park City is known for its suburbia-like environment, but Liberty House takes that to a new level with its address at the end of a cul-de-sac and in proximity to the abundant greenery of Hudson River Park. A doorman and live-in resident manager are on staff, and residents have access to the Terrace Club at Liberty Terrace (see above).

Living/dining room with river views Liberty House, #PHB (Brown Harris Stevens)
Entrance foyer with staircase
Terrace with water views
From the Listing: One-of-a-kind 3,180-square-foot penthouse duplex with open water and skyline views from four private terraces! The 35-foot living/dining room has high ceilings and triple exposures - south, west, and east. The large eat-in kitchen is outfitted with Wolf, SubZero, and Gaggenau appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

35 floors | 236 units | 2006 | Architect: Handel Architects

Millennium Tower Residences (center)
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, further factors in its LEED Gold certification. 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.

Living room with river views Millennium Tower Residences, #22E (The Corcoran Group)
Windowed kitchen with high-end appliances
River views
From the Listing: With floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-foot ceilings and a southeast exposure, the apartment is light-filled all day and looks out on breathtaking views of the New York Harbor, Governor’s Island, Battery Park and Statue of Liberty. The windowed, eat-in kitchen has luxury condo finishes including Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking stove, Miele dishwasher, and U-line wine cooler. See floor plan and full details here.

24 floors | 272 units | 2004 | Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

325-North-End-Avenue-01 All images of Tribeca Green via Related Rentals
The LEED Gold-certified Tribeca Green's 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 stayed in place amidst its condop conversion, and the building has been enhanced with high-end finishes and an expansive array of amenities, including the Hudson Terrace on the 17th floor.

Living/dining room with Battery Park City and river views Tribeca Green, #25B (The Corcoran Group)
Windowed kitchen
River views
From the Listing: Northwest corner four-bedroom, three-bathroom Residence 25B spans a generous 1,840 square feet and features partial Hudson River and stunning NYC skyline views. This meticulously detailed residence with beautiful interiors by Robert A.M. Stern includes 7-inch-wide plank white oak flooring and windowsills highlighted with Turkish Cristallo stone slabs. See floor plan and full details here.

27 floors | 293 units | 2003 | Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

20-River-Terrace-01 All images of The Solaire (Evan Joseph Photography)
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, which is LEED Platinum certified, 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. Word-of-mouth requests from residents and neighbors led to a flurry of contracts before sales officially launched, and the building was one of 2022's best sellers.

Living room with river views The Solaire, #4L (The Corcoran Group)
Kitchen with eat-in bar
Battery Park City and river views
From the Listing: Enjoy Hudson River views and breathtaking sunsets through floor-to-ceiling windows from this sundrenched 1,177-square-foot west-facing two-bedroom residence with home office designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli to meet the highest level of green building certification. Both bedrooms boast ample closet space and there is a large closet off the entry for extra storage. An added delight is the spacious alcove area near the entry which is perfect for a home office, formal dining room, or sleeping area for guests. See floor plan and full details here.

28 floors | 169 units | 2001 | Architect: Gruzen Samton Steinglass

212 Warren Street
River & Warren was an early Battery Park City sales conversion; in the process, the apartments and amenities were reimagined from the ground up. However, there was no improving upon the prime address that allows for easy access to local favorites, not to mention spectacular views of the Hudson River, Rockefeller Park, and the Statue of Liberty.

Living/dining room with river views River & Warren, #20C (R New York)
Windowed open kitchen
Rockefeller Park and river views
From the Listing: This sun flooded 3,795-square-foot floor-through apartment encompasses both the southwest and southeast corners of River and Warren. Residence 20C was combined with 20A to offer breathtaking views of the dazzling Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Teardrop Park and Rockefeller Park. The entry gallery leads to both an oversized den with custom cabinetry or to the expansive living/dining room with open kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

38 floors | 114 units | 2001 | Architect: Gary Edward Handel + Associates, Polshek Partnership Architects

10 Little West Street
When Battery Park City's Ritz-Carlton Hotel opened in the early 21st century, the apartments on top quickly sold out, and availabilities are few and far between. The generous floor plans, exclusive amenities, and spectacular views of New York Harbor and Battery Park City likely have something to do with it.

Living room with wall of windows The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, #PH38DUPLEX (Engel & Volkers)
Windowed kitchen
Landing with staircase
From the Listing: Spectacular, panoramic views of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island Park, like no other view in Manhattan! This luxurious corner penthouse on two levels features brilliant sunlight from four exposures, as well as designer kitchen and baths, and a dramatic interior staircase. Additional features include gorgeous white oak floors, recessed Lutron lighting, and solar shades throughout, the home boasts high ceilings, an abundance of closets, including multiple walk-in-closet, and a washer and dryer in your own private laundry room. See floor plan and full details here.

33 floors | 251 units | 2008 | Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

70-Little-West-Street-01 All images of The Visionaire via Douglas Elliman
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.

Living room with sunset and river views The Visionaire, #33DE (Nest Seekers LLC)
Windowed open kitchen
River views
From the Listing: This one-of-a-kind 3,418-square-foot sprawling residence is a unique combination of 70 Little West Street’s most coveted high floor lines - D & E. This exquisitely finished apartment features a spacious dining room with direct Statue of Liberty views, walls of windows that ensure tons of natural light, hardwood floors, a generous closet space, and an in-unit washer and dryer. When you enter the apartment, you will be greeted by magic vistas of New York City Harbor and Hudson River! See floor plan and full details here.

32 floors | 258 units | 2008 | Architect: Ismael Leyva

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.

Living room with Battery Park City and river views Riverhouse - One Rockefeller Park, #30F (The Corcoran Group)
Open kitchen
River views
From the Listing: Behold the epitome of luxury living in Battery Park City: a palatial 1-bedroom residence (easily convertible to 2-bedroom) that offers breathtaking vistas of the Hudson River and the city skyline. Housed within the prestigious LEED Gold-accredited Riverhouse condominium, this property spans a generous 1,092 square feet, seamlessly integrating cutting-edge features with eco-conscious design principles. See floor plan and full details here.

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