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Things to do in Battery Park City, Manhattan

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Building
“So much to see ! Views that make you feel like your on top of the world! General admission ~$35.usd”
  • 196 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“Make sure to go to the actual museum too! One of the best museums I've been too, and it is free after 5pm on Tuesdays. Go at 4:30pm to get tickets if you do decide to do the free entry.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Building
“Standing as a shining beacon for the new Downtown, and a bold addition to the skyline, One World Trade Center is safe, sustainable, and artistically dynamic. Soaring to a symbolic 1,776 feet — it is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, and already an iconic New York landmark. Building Facts Opened October 2014 Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (David M. Childs) Tallest of new WTC Complex 104 Stories / 1776 feet high 3 million rentable square feet of space 55 foot high office lobby 54 High-speed destination dispatch passenger elevators Life-safety systems far exceed NYC building code Bound by West, Fulton, Washington and Vesey Streets 55% leased to tenants including Condé Nast                              DESIGN With entrances on all 4 sides of the building, One WTC has been designed to smoothly integrate traffic of visitors & office tenants.  The cubic base has a footprint identical to the original Twin Towers.  The surface of the base is clad in more than 2,000 pieces of shimmering prismatic glass.  The tower ascends 69 stories — its edges chamfered back to form 8 isosceles triangles, a perfect octagon at center.   It culminates in a square, glass parapet at the crown, its crystalline form creating a vibrant effect, as light refracts like a kaleidoscope, changing throughout the day.  The “One World Observatory” — opening 2015 — is an enclosed observation deck rising 1,250 ft. above street level.  The crown of One WTC is a 408-foot spire — consisting of a mast and a communication platform ring.  At night, a beacon at the top sends out a horizontal light beam, which can be seen from miles away. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
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“Buy a ticket to the observation deck for an amazing AV experience and 360 degree views. Around $35 pp.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Take your pic with the statue of the charging bull, and take a stroll in the beautiful garden behind it while soaking in the energy of New York’s Financial District.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Building
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“"One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center. Discover An Experience Above at the Freedom Tower in New York City."”
  • 43 locals recommend
Gym
“Beautiful mall in the Financial District in the mall. You can go shopping and then eat at some amazing outdoor restaurants with water-front views. Also, you can experience the cashier-less Amazon store (highly recommend this).”
  • 53 locals recommend
Chiropractor
“Views of the Statue of Liberty, lovely to walk around. Possible to get the Staten Island Ferry for free to wiz past the Statue of Liberty or go on the organised boat trips to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island”
  • 41 locals recommend
Hotel
“Heres another historic monuments that our country infamously had to experience on September 11, 2001. Here you'll find water fountain and other memorabilia representing this event.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Absolute best movie theater in New York City - extremely high quality, comfortable seats. Easy Uber ride back to Red Hook. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Best burgers, and the least crowded location. Close to WTC park and museum. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Building
“Grab a train from Hicksville to Penn Station. Subway to the Freedom Tower. Restore your faith in the USA's ability to overcome all obstacles...Yes, we can!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
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“French high end supermarket, you can have a drink, brunch or do your groceries there. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Food Court
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“Walking distance from the studio. Second floor in Brookfield Place mall. High-end food court with best options--from cupcakes to pizza to sushi to wings. Brookfield Place connects underground to the Oculus, a subway hub for 10+ subway trains and a luxury mall.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“A stirring, reflective memorial of what happened, and a reminder of how fortunate we are to be alive.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“Exhibits & public programs on Jewish history, life & culture in the 20th & 21st centuries.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Scenic Lookout
“Buy a ticket to the observation deck for an amazing AV experience and 360 degree views. Around $35 pp.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best burgers, and the least crowded location. Close to WTC park and museum. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A view of the statue of liberty, perfect outdoor seating for summer days, and decent Tuscan fare - or just sit and sip a few drinks and enjoy the sunshine - we have been here a few times, but have not seen it to busy - so chances are you'll have some of the place to yourself! Worth a try!”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Diners get views of the Statue of Liberty at this American eatery with big windows & outdoor patio.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great food. A neighborhood place. They deliver and are really close--you can see the restaurant from my window.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Awesome beer garden that is popular in both summer and winter (thanks to plentiful heat lamps). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awesome spot to view Jersey Skyline, Statute of Liberty, and great food in a super nice location. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Convenient Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner. Open late and family friendly”
  • 7 locals recommend

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