Only a few blocks from the Duane Street Hotel sits one of Manhattan’s most underrated neighborhoods, Battery Park City. You’ll find history, shopping, dining and, yes, a lovely park in this up-and-coming neighborhood. Here’s your guide to Battery Park City.
Named for its days as the harbor’s chief artillery station, Battery Park is a welcome green space in a particularly concrete-heavy section of Manhattan. Enjoy attractions like Castle Clinton, built for the War of 1812, The Sphere sculpture and the poignant American Merchant Mariners Memorial.
Battery Park. New York, NY
Outside the park itself, Brookfield Place is the single biggest draw to Battery Park City. The mega-mall, refurbished after it was badly damaged during 9/11, houses a strong lineup of luxury brands like Hermès, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. But the best thing about Brookfield Place is its food court—boasting NYC staples like Black Seed Bagel and Parm along with the exquisite French market Le District.
Brookfield Place. 230 Vesey St, New York, NY. (212) 978-1698
If drinks with a view sounds like you, then head to Battery Gardens tucked at the southern tip of the park. Order some red wine, and a ribeye steak if you’re hungry. After you eat, kick back with some of the best views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty you’ll find anywhere in the city.
Battery Gardens. 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY. (212) 809-5508
Responsibly sourced coffee and a pleasant atmosphere are a recipe for success at Laughing Man. Order a flat white at this Hugh Jackman-owned joint and know that every dollar you spend is sent directly to the Laughing Man Foundation to promote education and community development around the world.
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea. 1 North End Ave, New York, NY. (212) 227-3240
Head to the eastern part of the park where Broadway ends to find the infamous Charging Bull. Originally installed by Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica to offer hope after a stock market crash in the late 1980’s, the piece became an overnight icon and the city’s most recognizable symbol of Wall Street. Among the safest bulls you’ll encounter, especially when compared to the ones that run in Pamplona, thousands of people come to see this bronze sculpture each day. Watch them here.
Charging Bull. Broadway & Morris St, New York, NY