"Battery Park City and the Authority are not just about the buildings – it’s about the character of the community that has developed over time. Public space has had a new renaissance in New York City, but here in Battery Park City is where it started."


President & CEO
  • 12/06
  • BPC People
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Property Service & Maintenance


BPC Parks Happenings is a monthly “snapshot” of the Authority’s work in maintaining Battery Park City’s parks and public spaces. Scroll down to see what’s on tap for December!

Holiday Lights Prep: BPCA staff cleaned and prepped the area, checked electricity, and strung lights in preparation for the big night on December 2!

View a clip of the annual Battery Park City holiday tradition – back in-person for the first time since 2019 – below.

(And stay tuned for details about BPC’s annual tree recycling beginning December 26.)

– Protective Fencing: Installation of protective salt fencing around North End Avenue planting beds.

– Cutback of garden perennials: Done selectively throughout winter to leave seed pods and food for foraging birds.

Ilex verticillata (left), commonly known as winterberry holly, and okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) are some of the perennials pruned throughout Battery Park City’s planted areas.

– Preventive tree pruning: Scheduled throughout BPC as required.

– Leaf pickup for composting: Most of the leaves that fall in BPC are composted. Read more about composting and waste diversion in the BPC Sustainability Plan.

– For the Dogs: Deep cleaning to the West Thames Dog Run (following that of North End’s; Sirius up next).

– Tulip bulb planting: Continues at Belvedere Plaza for a succession of blooms in the spring. Read more.

BPCA horticulturalists Richard Faraino, left, and Youkee Nishida, plant bulbs at the north end of Rockefeller Park. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

That’s a Wrap: The bees are ready for the winter – you’ll see Battery Park City’s beehive wrapped for the cold-weather season. (Bees remain inside and buzzing for next spring).

With winter nearing, the queen slows her egg-laying and the bees prep for a long winter ahead. While worker bees live only 30 days in the summer because of all the hard work they do foraging for nectar and pollen, worker bees that go into winter live three to six months! Read more about bees in BPC.

Stay tuned for more BPC Parks Happenings to come!

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