If we had to nominate Manhattan’s most athletic neighborhood, Chelsea would win in every category, because it hosts the largest sports complex in the city: Chelsea Piers. The complex includes three grandiose piers and a marina for mooring private boats, and contains a huge skating rink (equally suitable for figure skating and hockey), basketball courts, soccer fields, multi-story golf driving ranges, batting cages, dance studios, a wall for rock climbing and a huge gymnastics hall.
Financial District, also known as FiDi is just across the West Side Highway from Battery Park City. Unlike Battery Park City, Financial District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan – and it’s also one of the most respectable ones (or most notorious, depending on the point of view). The economy of New York City, and the entire driving force of the city’s growth started here.
This youngest and southernmost neighborhood of Manhattan, created a little over forty years ago. Until that time, the land on which Battery Park City is situated today didn’t even exist (or rather, the lower part of that land rested at the bottom of the Hudson river, while the top soil existed as the ground over the current World Trade Center area).
I don’t consider myself particularly old. I’m in my mid-forties, and after a couple of decades of a consistently strong career in the field of luxury real estate, I think I’ve reached the point where I’m in top shape professionally (and I’d argue maybe physically as well) and get some of my best work done every day.
I’m passionate about the entire island of Manhattan, and I love all its neighborhoods – each one has its unique beauty, and if I were to start to describing to you all those things that I admire in each one, this storytelling session may last a while.