“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 09/23
  • Community



BPC People – Anne O’Neill
Title: Director of Horticulture, Sustainability, and Landscape Design

Favorite Spot in BPC: Wagner Park

Born in sunny South East Ireland, Anne O’Neill hails from a farm family with local roots of more than a thousand years. Ms. O’Neill graduated from the University College Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an interest in horticulture. After graduation, Anne worked as an underwriter for a Government export credit insurance company, and also set up a mushroom and organic vegetable farm.

As a head gardener in her native Ireland, Ms. O’Neill headed to New York City in the early 1990s. Here, she started as a community horticulturist at the New York Botanical Garden before moving to Fordham University, where she was responsible for the gardens in the Rosehill Campus and introduced best practices throughout campus grounds. Ms. O’Neill’s career then took her the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where she worked as a curator for more than a decade.

Recently, Ms. O’Neill has developed and maintained the gardens and grounds of a 70-acre estate, which included design and installation functions, management of a multi-million dollar budget, and team of professional gardener and grounds maintenance staff. In her spare time, Ms. O’Neill has volunteered for more than a decade at Pratt institute, overseeing and directing the restoration of Pratt’s Rose Garden. She also served as an advisor to the President and Executive staff on matters regarding the roses and campus grounds in general.

Aside from volunteering, Ms. O’Neill enjoys kayaking, theatre, and experiencing the overall buzz of the city. And she considers herself most fortunate that her interests and profession are inter-connected, especially in a place as special as Battery Park City. “What I would hope here is that the Parks are a beautiful, useble, friendly environment. And that people can be out there anytime and find it to be healing and restorative.”

Upcoming Events


Parent and Baby Yoga

6 River Terrace
Monday, September 12
1:00PM-2:15PM | Recurring Event (See All)

Enjoy yoga in a safe and supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies from new to crawling age.
The class is focused on the parent, through movement exercises and songs for babies are included in the class. Mats and other yoga props are provided.
Tickets: $180

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Gardening Club

Rockefeller Park
Tuesday, September 14
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Recurring Event (See All)

For ages 6-10. Discover the fun and rewards of gardening with other children.  Enjoy planting flowers, vegetables and herbs, watering, weeding, and composting.
Children share plots with partners, and work together to grow a beautiful garden the “green” way; without toxic chemicals or fertilizers. In addition, children learn about beneficial insects, pollinators, compost, and more. In addition, the program includes simple cooking projects using the garden harvest (salads, pickles, pesto, and more).
Cost is $130 for two-months or receive a discount when you sign up for the full six-months.

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Drop- In Chess

6 River Terrace
Wednesday, September 21
3:30PM-5:30PM | Recurring Event ( See All )

Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning – plus it’s fun!

This event is free.
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Teen Nights

6 River Terrace
Friday, September 23
4:00PM-7:00PM | Recurring Event ( See All )

Friday Night for Teens is a free program that gives kids a safe space to have fun and hang out. Drop by for a few hours to meet friends and make new ones.  From 4pm to 7pm Battery Park City Parks’ events space, 6 River Terrace, will open so teens can drop by to play table tennis, life size chess, giant connect-4, listen to music and relax .
Parks Programming Leaders will be on hand to help break the ice and make sure everyone has fun. There will be pizza, snacks, a movie and lots of opportunities for selfies.  No parents allowed.

Grades 7th – 12th
This event is free.
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Young Artists Workshop: Ezra Jack Keats, Peter’s Chair

Rockefeller Park
Saturday, October 1
11:00 AM

Collage is one of the most accessible art forms for young children since it involves skills they are starting to master: tearing, cutting, and gluing.  Children ages 2-5 and parents or caregivers help celebrate the work of Ezra Jack Keats with big, group collage murals – plus a piece to take home!  A reading of Peter’s Chair and a look at collage inspired by life in the city will get things started.  In collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

This event is free.
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Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place
Saturday, October 1

Join us for an autumn celebration of intricately woven harmonies along the Hudson River.  Many of the finest college a cappella groups in New York and beyond will showcase their pitch-perfect vocal renditions from a diverse variety of musical genres.  Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch!  Enjoy the music with New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty as backdrop!

This event is free.
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New Sound Live

Winter Garden, Brookfield Place
Wednesday – Friday, October 12-14

The popular New Sounds Live series returns to the Winter Garden!
Curated by WNYC‘s John Schaefer, New Sounds offers dynamic music from artists, composers, and traditional musicians. This year’s series features “Song of the Human,” an Arts Brookfield commissioned composition by Pete M. Wyer inspired by Shireru Miyagawa’s theory that human language evolved from birdsong. The sound installation will also be a part of three performances within the Winter Garden, and will remain on display through October 23.

This event is free.
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Doctors Without Borders: Forced From Home

Esplanade Plaza, Volleyball Court
Friday- Tuesday, September 23- 27
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Forced From Home is a free, interactive, educational, outdoor exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the global refugee crisis. Guided by experienced aid workers from Doctors Without Borders, visitors will be given a tour through a variety of interactive, hands-on experiences in which they will be challenged to imagine what life is like for the world’s 65 million displaced people. The exhibition features an immersive 360° video experience inside a 30-foot diameter dome that transports visitors to Tanzania, Lebanon, South Sudan, and other locations as they are introduced to the contexts and the populations discussed throughout the exhibition. Visitors will interact with items used by refugees and aid workers to get a sense of what displaced people need to survive. For example, visitors will choose what personal items they would take if they were forced to flee, explore refugee shelters, and discover some of the tools that humanitarian agencies utilize.

This event is free.
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KOMPOT – Swing Makes You Sing!

Museum Of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Saturday, October 9
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

KOMPOT — All the right ingredients for a family experience
Join KOMPOT interactive get-together for the whole family on October 9th to kickstart the FolksbieneRU season. Jazz KOMPOT will feature a New York based band: Svetlana & The Delancey Four interactive jazz party, hands-on experiential workshops, story-telling for families with children ages 0-6.

Tickets: $8-$25
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Build Your Own Ten And Taller Skyscraper

39 Battery Pl
Saturday, October 1
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Children will go back in time to 1874 when the very first 10-story skyscraper was constructed. After comparing skyscrapers of today with the buildings of the museum’s new exhibition, TEN AND TALLER, time traveling visitors will choose their favorite skyscraper and attempt to reconstruct it with different building materials. Once completed the buildings will then be placed on a drawn New York City grid learning about the skyscrapers of old New York. Ages 5+. RSVP required.

Cost is $5 per child; members free.
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Alexander Garvin Book Talk

39 Battery Pl
Wednesday, October 5
6:30 AM – 8:00 PM

What makes a great city? Not a good city, or a functional city, but a great city that people admire, learn from, and replicate. Planner and architect Alexander Garvin sets out to answer this question by closely observing successful cities such as Paris, London, New York, and Vienna. He argues that a great city is a dynamic, constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can reshape to satisfy their demands. Most importantly, it is the interplay between people and public realm that creates great cities.
Garvin analyzes how particular components of the public realm (squares in London, parks in Minneapolis, and streets in Madrid) have shaped people’s daily lives, and he shows how 21st- century initiatives in Paris, Houston, Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Toronto are making an already fine public realm even better.
All guests must RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org to assure admittance.

This event is free.
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Skyscraper Halloween Costume Workshop

39 Battery Pl
Saturday, October 8
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Ready for Halloween? How about creating a giant, a piece of art, a commanding structure — or how about all three: a skyscraper! Join us on Saturday, October 22th and build your own Halloween costume. Dress up as a tall tower from around the world or create your own spooky structure to trick or treat in! All ages. RSVP required.

Cost is $5 per child; members free.
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