In addition to offering some great vistas, Battery Park is rich in history with many monuments to soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants
Named for the artillery battery that was stationed to defend the southern tip of Manhattan before the War of 1812, Battery Park is a waterfront public park rich in history of the early settlement of New York including Castle Clinton, one of the New York Harbor forts built in 1807. Prior to the opening of the Ellis Island immigration centre, it was the entry point for millions of new immigrants. Despite being one of New York's oldest public spaces, Battery Park is currently undergoing significant upgrades the addition an urban farm and a construction of pavilions which will house markets and community events.
The waterfront esplanade provides great views of the waterways, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and house the terminal where you catch the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island or a water taxi. In the warmer months, outdoor shows and concerts are held regularly in the park or just relax in the Battery Bosque Gardens and picnic area.
Battery Park contains many monuments honouring soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants and serves as a temporary home to Fritz Koenig's The Sphere, which stood a few blocks away in the centre plaza of the World Trade Center before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Located in the northern section of the park along with an eternal flame to memorialise the victim of 9/11, The Sphere will be returned to its original location following the completion of the national memorial. A perennial Garden of Remembrance has constructed on the Battery Park Promenade to pay tribute the survivors and to those lost on September 11th and to serve as sign of optimism and hope for the community. The Battery Conservatory also created the Battery Labyrinth, walking path outlined forming seven circular rings, to commemorate the first anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy to offer the public a way to honour, reflect and heal.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Website: Battery Park or The Battery.org
Address: Battery Place, Slate and Whitehall Street
Nearby attractions: Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge, Skyscraper Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church, Financial District.
|Getting There on Transit|
|Subway Train / Bus||Subway Station||Walking Time|
|1||South Ferry||2 minutes|
|N or R||Whitehall Street||5 minutes|
|4 or 5||Bowling Green||2 minutes|
Take the 1 train to South Ferry, turn left into Battery Park (2 minutes) or take the N or R train to Whitehall Street, head north toward Pearl Street, turn left on Bridge Street, follow path into park (5 minutes) or take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, head south on Broadway, turn right on Battery Place, turn left on Greenwich Street and continue into park. (2 minutes)View New York Attractions in a larger map