If the project of Manhattan is a chaotic scramble upward, Battery Park City is a slightly incongruous footnote lingering at the margins, a pristine planned development plopped on a 92-acre landfill. A developer’s dream-no malting brownstones, no cumbersome rent regulations-the 1960s extension of the city’s boundaries was helped in part by the ground dug up to build the World Trade Center.
Decades later, in the wake of Sept. 11, state-issued Liberty Bonds financed a wealth of gleaming, eco-chic development, securing Battery Park City’s position as the No. 1 neighborhood for environmentally conscious yacht owners.
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