Sunshine in New York City– Strolling through Battery Park City, Manhattan

Sunshine in New York City– Strolling through Battery Park City, Manhattan

 

A couple of weeks ago, before the start of Astronomical Spring, on a beautiful , warm day  hubby, myself and our little Prince decided to explore  Battery Park City.

Battery Park City was created in 1980 as an extension of lower Manhattan. This unique neighborhood has stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the skyline of Jersey City across the river. It is a 92-acre planned community on the west side of the southern tip of the island of Manhattan in New York City. 

Lady Liberty

We arrived to Battery City Park via the Bowling Green Subway station [with 4 or 5 trains]. We went through Battery Park, a 25-acre public park, adjacent to Battery Park City, facing New York Harbor. Along the waterfront of this park, Statue Cruises offers ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This park also hosts Castle Clinton [ in honor of Dewitt Clinton, Mayor and later Governor of New York],  East Coast Memorial  that commemorates U.S. servicemen who died in coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean during the Battle of the Atlantic, American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial and Pier A [a former fireboat station]; to name but a few.

From Pier A we took a short walk to Esplanade of Battery Park City, stopping by along the way to enjoy the view of the picturesque One World Observatory at the World Trade Center.

The Esplanade on the Hudson River might be Battery Park City’s best feature. It stretches from Battery Park [Pier A] to the edge of Tribeca. The Esplanade is perfect for strolling, running, and biking. On the other side of the river is Jersey City skyline.  Along the Esplanade there are many benches [to enjoy the view of the river] and lawns [for picnics and recreational sports/activities like Frisbee]. We strolled by the Museum of Jewish Heritage and North Cove Marina Yacht Harbor and ended up at the famous Brookfield Place [to rest, feed our baby boy and dine]. Along the way, there were many restaurants, residential and office buildings. Notable residents include Tyra Banks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen [BORAT]; to name but a few.

Brookfield Place, originally known as the World Financial Center, is a shopping center and office-building complex located across West Street from the World Trade Center site. It houses various companies including Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, Nomura Group, American Express and Brookfield Asset Management, among others.  Brookfield Place feels like an upscale mall; it combines luxury shopping with quality eateries, featuring beautiful ambiance and views of the Hudson River and the North Cove Marina. The Winter Garden, an indoor atrium complete with real palm trees, brings in both tourists and professionals working nearby. It hosts numerous film screenings, concerts, public art displays and other events for both children and adults.

After about one hour of rest, we then proceed through Governor Nelson Rockefeller Park towards Pier 25 and Manhattan Community College.  We boarded the 6 train at Spring Street on our way home.

 

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