A Place of BeginningsNamed for the artillery that was built to protect the city after the American Revolution, Battery Park is an integral part of New York City’s history. The park’s Castle Clinton National Monument, once known as Castle Garden, became the world’s first official immigrant center in 1855 and is an important landmark within Battery Park. From 1820 to 1892 when Ellis Island opened, millions of newcomers passed through this site and over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors back to the Castle.
A Place to ReflectMany monuments and memorials are displayed at Battery Park, many honouring those who lost their lives in service to their country such as the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, the New York Korean War Veteran Memorial, the East Coast Memorial and the Coast Guard Memorial. Fritz Koenig’s metal sculpture The Sphere is a popular attraction drawing many visitors to the park. Once located in a plaza between the World Trade Center towers, the 25-foot high piece was found among the wreckage after the 9/11 attacks and while it has suffered damage, it still remains intact. The Sphere is on temporary display at the Battery along with an eternal flame that was ignited on September 11, 2002, serving as a tribute to those who perished at the World Trade Center.
Acres of GardensCelebrated Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf was hired to design and implement the gardens at Battery Park, which includes the 10,000 square-foot Gardens of Remembrance dedicated to those who died on September 11, 2001. These picturesque gardens which were planted to be vibrant in all seasons feature over 100 types of plants and perennials. Other garden projects within the park include the Battery Bosque, which encompasses 60,000 square-feet of gardens showcasing over 30,000 perennial plants. Other highlights include the Battery Labyrinth, a walking path located at the northwest corner of the park. Created to mark the one year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the Labyrinth is outlined with over 1000 granite blocks which form seven circular rings. Surrounded by an oasis of greenery, visitors are encouraged to walk the path and reflect while enjoying spectacular vistas of the harbour and the ultimate symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.
The Park at the Tip of ManhattanBattery Park is one of the oldest public spaces in New York City. Covering 25 acres of waterfront parkland, it is the first waterfront park in the city dating back to 1693. Over four million people visit the Battery each year, and many top New York City attractions are within easy walking distance of the park including the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street and the South Street Seaport which houses boutiques, restaurants, and a satellite location of TKTS, the half-price Broadway theatre ticket booth. Many museums are also easily accessible such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The ferries to the Statue of Liberty and historic Ellis Island dock at the shore of the Battery, and tickets can be purchased at the Castle Clinton National Monument. Battery Park is also next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Visiting Battery ParkBattery Park is located in southern Manhattan, stretching from State Street to the New York Harbour. It can be accessed from State Street and Battery Place. There are numerous playgrounds, eateries and washroom facilities at Battery Park.
Address: Southern Manhattan, stretching from State Street to the New York Harbour, New York City, NY
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