Battery Park City Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Discover what makes Battery Park City so special. Find out great schools, apartments, and restaurants in the area. Get fun facts and everything Battery Park City has to offer.
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Editors Rating (2.5 stars out of 5)
4.8 Overall
Average Rent Prices 2
Public transportation 4
Schools 6
Lifestyle 8
Crime 4

Located at the southernmost tip of Manhattan just below Tribeca, Battery Park City comprises about one-third of parkland (hence the name).

This Battery Park City neighborhood review will look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

This planned community is filled with buildings explicitly built for housing, commercial and retail purposes.

Battery Park City is divided into northern and southern sections separated by Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center).

Almost all residential apartment buildings are located in the southern section of the neighborhood, along with restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery stores.

Generally, upper-middle-class to upper-class professionals reside in the area since it is one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. Don't be surprised to spot celebrities at the corner bodega or park.

Fun Fact: The area and park are named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city's early years to protect the settlement behind them

Transportation in Battery Park City

The closest trains to Battery Park City are going to be in the Financial District or the 1 train in Battery Park at Bowling Green.

That being said, the walk to the train in the Financial District is not far, and there you have access to a myriad of train lines.

Buses can also be found in the Financial District. Ferries are directly accessible in Battery Park City.

Local Lines
Local Buses M9, M20, M22, M55
Ferry Battery Park City Ferry at the corner of Vesey Street in Hudson River Park. Makes stops in Jersey City.

Real Estate in Battery Park City

Real estate in Battery Park City is highly sought after by residents who want to experience the best NYC offers.

When it comes to rental apartments in Battery Park City, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Among the most popular are studio apartments located within luxurious high-rise buildings that feature amenities like fitness centers and shared roof terraces.

There are also spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in luxury buildings and mid-range complexes.

Apartment Rentals in Battery Park City

While Battery Park City is generally regarded as pricey because of its locale in lower Manhattan, it's considerably lower in price than its neighbors, Tribeca and the Financial District.

Instead, rental prices might be more comparable to that of the West Village.

You also can't beat the sweeping views of the Hudson River from the high-rise apartment building nestled near the water's edge.

Average Rental Prices in Battery Park City

Studio $2,950
1 Bed $4,250
2 Beds $6,200
3 Beds $12,000
4 Beds $27,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of May 2023

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Purchasing an Apartment in Battery Park City

The average price for a one-bedroom condo in Battery Park City is over $800K, making it one of the more expensive neighborhoods in NYC.

However, Battery Park City rental prices are extremely competitive compared to similar neighborhoods like Tribeca and Soho.

Living in Battery Park City offers many amenities that add to its desirability as a residential neighborhood.

Stroll along the Hudson River waterfront or take advantage of nearby parks like Wagner Park and Rockefeller State Park Preserve for green spaces and recreational activities.

Nearby shopping at Brookfield Place provides all sorts of upscale retail options, from fashion boutiques to home goods stores.

Plus, Battery Park City's proximity to Wall Street makes it an ideal choice for anyone working downtown or who wants quick access to their daily commute destinations.

Average Sales Prices in Battery Park City

Studio $595,000
1 Bed $749,000
2 Beds $1,775,000
3 Beds $3,650,000
4 Beds $4,990,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of May 2023

From its diverse housing market to plenty of leisure activities right in your backyard, it's easy to see why Battery Park City continues to be so popular among buyers looking for real estate in New York City’s vibrant downtown area.

With its incredible views, accessible transportation links, cultural attractions, and luxury amenities, living here means you get all the perks that come with living in the bustling “Big Apple” while still enjoying peaceful waterside relaxation opportunities right outside your door.

Public Schools

Local Schools in Battery Park City
School Info Notes
P.S. 89 Public - PK-5 - 412 students This high performing neighborhood school is in a modern building with plenty of space and strong PTA.
P.S. 397 - Spruce Street School Public - PK-8 - 446 students High-performing school with strong academics.
I.S. 289 - Hudson River Middle School Public - 6-8 - 236 students This small school teaches students how to work together on creative projects. Relaxed atmosphere. Test scores are high.
P.S./I.S. 276 - Battery Park City School Public - K-8 - 725 students High-performing school, with impressive facilities and science program.
Lower Manhattan Community Middle School Public - 6-8 - 348 students Great teaching and academics. High-performing.
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching Public - 9-12 - 288 students Safe and inclusive environment.
Stuyvesant High School Public - 9-12 - 3,365 students Considered a math and science school but art has a strong presence. Lecture-based and project-based classes teach advanced material. No playing field for sports but many extracurricular opportunities.
Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women Public - 9-12 - 115 students
Leadership and Public Service High School Public - 9-12 - 283 students Offers a business program with opportunity to graduate with an Associates degree.
High School of Economics and Finance Public - 9-12 - 714 students Students can and do earn college credits and/or a professional degree.

Restaurants & Dining in Battery Park City

Because of its location, the top Battery Park City restaurants take advantage of the spectacular views of the Hudson, The Statue of Liberty and New Jersey.

Be sure to check out Blue Smoke for a tasty BBQ meal with generous portions and all the fixins.

El Vez and Burrito Bar is a classic Mexican joint with a nice ambience. It is vegetarian-friendly with also vegan and gluten-free options.

How Safe is the Battery Park City Neighborhood?

When considering how safe Battery Park City is, it’s important to note that this neighborhood has consistently ranked as one of the safest in New York City.

This can be attributed to its vigilant security force, including NYPD officers and private security personnel patrolling day and night.

In addition to their presence on foot and by vehicle, many CCTV cameras are strategically placed throughout the neighborhood for added surveillance.

Residents also benefit from Battery Park City's excellent infrastructure, which includes 24/7 access to transportation options and an abundance of amenities and services.

There are plenty of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, shopping centers, schools, and hospitals near residences within Battery Park City. These amenities make it an ideal area for families who seek convenience without sacrificing safety or comfort.

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 26.5001 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) also oversees much of what happens within the neighborhood. The BPCA works hard to create an environment where residents feel welcome while taking measures to ensure their safety at all times by providing quality public services such as garbage collection and snow-removal services during winter months.

Some other initiatives implemented by the BPCA include free summer concerts held at various locations throughout Battery Park City for community members to enjoy; free outdoor movies, and bicycle events that promote healthy living and physical activity among citizens of all ages.

Residents feel secure knowing they can access everything they need while enjoying a tranquil atmosphere with stunning views of the riverfront parklands.

Rachel McCray
About the author

Originally from Florida, Rachel McCray, a writer and content producer, is now based in New York. Rachel offers expertise in New York City neighborhoods relating to real estate and history. Rachel McCray graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies.