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Battery Park City

General Information
Battery Park City Authority: 212-417-2000 or www.batteryparkcity.org
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy: 212-267-9700 or www.bpcparks.org

Overview
Welcome to Battery Park City--a master-planned community reminiscent of Pleasantville. Originally the brainchild of Nelson Rockefeller, this urban experiment transformed a WTC construction landfill into a 92-acre planned enclave on the southwestern tip of Manhattan. As space in Manhattan continues to disappear into the stratosphere (literally, the only way to build is up), the idea of BPC requires a doubletake. It's about making public spaces (about 30% of those 92 acres) work within private entities. Imagine taking Central Park, cutting it up, and saying, "Here, your neighborhood can have a chunk of it, and that street down there, and that street over there, too." Admit it: walking among private, commercial spaces day in and day out is enough to make anyone claustrophobic (thank you, Financial District). In BPC you walk through spacious parks with weird statues and brick pavers all on your way to work, the grocery store, the gym, or the movie theater. BPC will have you asking: "What's outside Battery Park City?"See more.

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Those looking for all-night eateries and party spots should pass it up, but if you've got kids this is the place for you. Many NY families--roughly 25,000 people--occupy the 40% of BPC that's dedicated residential space, including a future-forward "green" building, the Solaire. Robert F. Wagner Jr. and Rector are good choices for a picnic; The Esplanade or South Cove to walk along the Hudson; Nelson A. Rockefeller to play Frisbee; North Cove to park your yacht; and Teardrop Park for the kids. Many great food spots have migrated beyond West Street: the ever-popular Shake Shack is one of the cheaper meals in the neighborhood and the Hudson Eats foodie court in Brookfield Place definitely raises the bar for grub. See also: live music at the World Financial Center, and Manhattan's first green LEED-certified branch library.

Visual art: amazing sculptures by Bourgeois, Otterness, Puryear, Dine, and Cragg. Inspired architecture: Stuyvesant High School, Siah Armajani's Tribeca Bridge, Kevin Roche's Museum of Jewish Heritage, Caesar Pelli's Winter Garden, and the World Financial Center. If you like things nice, neat, and compartmentalized, this 'hood is for you.




         



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Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Craig Nelson

The Irish Hunger Memorial
With the financial foundation of Wall Street crumbling one mile away, we can feel the aftershocks here at the NFT office in Chinatown. Literally. Or maybe that's just the construction next door. Anyway, in these difficult times we all need a place to escape and contemplate our existence as human beings stuck on the capitalist treadmill. What better place to reflect than a memorial that recognizes life could be worse--The Irish Hunger Memorial. This solemn space is dedicated to the 1.5 million Irish people who died from starvation in the 1800s and to all the peoples of the world who currently suffer from famine. As you sit in this peaceful space of tall meadow-grass and Irish stones, pray (to whatever god you believe in) that someday it won't be renamed the New York Hunger Memorial. The way this economy is behaving, you better start stocking up on food.




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