Prior to 1976, Battery Park City didn’t exist. The area that it currently occupies was a section of dilapidated ship piers. The concept of expanding the western side of Manhattan’s southern tip was first proposed in 1966, but it came to fruition with the construction of the World Trade Center. The excavated material from that colossal construction project, along with material dredged from the harbor, became the land for one of the newest neighborhoods in New York City. The first residential buildings were constructed in 1980.
Bordered by the Financial District to the east and the Hudson River on the other three sides, the composition of this planned community is a mixture of residential and commercial spaces. It is named for nearby Battery Park. The neighborhood is broken down into five development zones. One zone includes the World Financial Center, which is the headquarters for several of the world’s most well-known investment banks and accounting firms.
The neighborhood is home to a marina, a branch of the New York Public Library and Stuyvesant High School. One of the most competitive magnet schools in the city, Stuyvesant is the alma mater of four noble laureates. Battery Park City is also the location of the ten-story Winter Garden Atrium, a venue for music, shows and art exhibits, that displays a wide variety of flowers, plants and trees.