Battery Park City is its own little narrow enclave, Manhattanâ€™s secret retreat. Coming from the East (your only choice unless you arrive by ferry) you cross West Street â€“ or the West Side Highway â€“heightening the feeling that youâ€™re kind of leaving the rest of Manhattan behind. Stretching from Chambers Street in the north, to Battery Place in the south, BOC includes a dozen micro-environments, from waterfront parks, sunbathing meadows, ponds, and playgrounds, to restaurants, shopping, movies, and museums.
Built on landfill from the first World Trade Center, itâ€™s a neighborhood of bikers, dog walkers, runners, strollers, finance and media types. The newly renovated North Cove Marina features restaurants, fountains, and some jaw-dropping yachts. In summer, enjoy free concerts, yoga, and drumming classes outdoors; in winter, ice skate at the mini-rink while you watch the snow fall on the Hudson, or take in (more) free concerts inside the Winter Garden.
Insider tips: In warm weather, book a table at Giginoâ€™s in Robert Wagner Park, for killer views of the harbor while you eat your pappardelle san marzano in the umbrella-shaded sunshine. In the cooler seasons, head to the second-floor lobby of the Conrad hotel for spacious, space-age design and cocktails at Atrio.
Your apartment will be a post-war high-rise, most likely with a gym and a roof deck, maybe even a pool. And you have one of the best chances in town of scoring a water view, featuring Lady Liberty. Two Gristedes, gourmet shops, dry cleaners, nail salons, pharmacies and a liquor store make sure youâ€™ll never run out of basics, and a nearby Whole Foods will keep you in organic kale and quinoa.
One more thing: The temperature in Battery Park City is always about 10 degrees lower than any other part of the city. So while it may not be the cityâ€™s hippest neighborhood, you can count on it being the coolest.
Now that you really want to go, youâ€™ve got nothing but choices. Grab your bike, head down the Hudson River or the East River pathway and make a day of it. Or take the subway: the good news is, almost every line has a stop nearby. The closest line is the West Side 1, 2 or 3 line: get off at Chambers (1,2,3) or Rector (1) and head west, toward the river. But because everything is pretty compact at that end of the island, you can also take any of these and get in a few extra steps to reach your destination: R (Rector Place), A.C (Chambers Street) E (Wall Street), 4 or 5 (Wall Street). Last but not least, hop a ferry from New Jersey, or grab the PATH to the World Trade Center Station." By: Johanna Skilling
Rental Prices:$1,900 ― $6,800
Sales Prices:$459,000 ― $1,624,000
Landmarks:Battery Park, World Financial Center, South Ferry