Battery Park In New York City

by NYJ Team

Battery Park in New York CityBattery Park is one of southern Manhattan’s waterfront attractions that is located from New York Harbor to State Street. It is a 90 acre public park that is open space for downtown Manhattan. This is one of the oldest and the first waterfront parks in New York City dating way back to the 1690’s. More than 3 million visitors come to Battery Park each year to witness the beautiful landscape, scenic waterfront views, historical monuments, playgrounds and open air performances all year round.

 

The park is within walking distance to many local attractions and business such as Staten Island Ferry, South Street Seaport and the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.

 

History of Battery Park

Battery gained its name from the artilleries that were built after the American Revolution. In 1623 Dutch settlers landed in the area where they used battery of canons to defend the city. Castle Clinton was built with eagerness from the War of 1812 and the need to defend the new city. This was also known as the Castle Garden in which became the world’s first immigrant center in the 1850’s. It welcomed more than 8 million immigrants to the United States before Ellis Island replaced the center. Since history was made this has become an important monument of the park.

 

The Castle became the New York Aquarium later on with the park suffering from many decades of neglect. In 1941 the Castle Clinton was close to being demolished, but conservationists were successful in declaring it a national monument in 1946 saving it from deconstruction.

 

Attractions

There are many attractions that date back to historic days and current times. The American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, Coast Guard Memorial, Korean War Veteran Memorial are monuments where visitors remember those who served our country and lost their lives. There is also the Sphere. This is a very popular 25 foot landmark that draws millions of visitors each year. It is located in between the World Trade towers. This special monument dates back to the 9/11 attacks that still stands tall with its eternal flame serving in honor to those who lost their lives in the attack.

 

There are acres of beautiful gardens. Dutch designer Piet Oudolf designed this 10,000 square foot Gardens of Remembrance in dedication to those who lost their lives on 9/11. It was designed with more than 100 horticultural perennials and plants inspired by the parks location overlooking more than 11,000 acres of the Harbor.

 

The Bosque Garden opened in June of 2005 and is filled with more than 25,000 perennials covering more than 50,000 square feet of greenery. This was Oudolf’s way of complimenting the graceful mix of woodland and rugged prairie.

 

Battery Labyrinth is the parks walking path that is located at the northwest corner of the park. This was designed to celebrate and mark the one year anniversary of 9/11. It was designed with granite blocks forming or creating seven different rings surrounded with greenery.

 

Visiting Battery Park

Battery Park can be accessed from Battery Place and State Street. With so many visitors daily there are strict regulations for pets. There are many food kiosks and merchants market to visit while enjoying the day at the historic park. Click here to read more on Battery Park.

 

Grand Central Terminal: None Busier, Prettier or More Historic

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Grand Central Terminal is one of the busiest and most historic of New York’s National Landmarks. More than 80 million people pass through this building every year. When the original building opened in 1871, its 42nd Street location was well north of most of Manhattan’s homes and business. Today, it sits in the heart of the city; a jewel of Beaux Arts style and an echo of New York’s glamorous past.

Grand Central Terminal

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The History of Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal began as Grand Central Depot in 1871, an innovative new train station servicing New York’s biggest rail lines. It was almost entirely torn down and rebuilt in the years between 1903 and 1913, reborn as the Beaux Arts gem now called Grand Central Terminal.

Today, Grand Central Terminal is a hub for New York’s many commuter trains. By the mid-1940s, the Terminal was at its peak, with more than 60 million people passing through every year; almost half the population of the United States.

Dozens of television shows and movies have been filmed at Grand Central Terminal, including The Avengers, Carlito’s Way, Midnight Run, even the cartoon hit Madagascar.

Design Elements in Grand Central Terminal
The central attraction is the information booth in the center of the concourse, and its four-faced brass clock is probably the most recognizable feature of Grand Central.

Visitors to Grand Central Terminal should stop for a moment to soak in some of the incredible design in the building. Look for the sculpted oak leaves and acorns that were symbols of the Vanderbilt family, who once owned the station and whose family motto was “from the acorn grows the mighty oak.” You can see some in the chandeliers of the main waiting room.

The floors are marble, imported from Tennessee. The walls are adorned with Botticino marble and Caen stone. Outside, on 42nd Street, you can find an imposing Tiffany clock, as well as statues of Minerva, Hercules and Mercury.

Don’t forget to look up. The ceiling of Grand Central Terminal is designed to reflect the starry night sky, complete with constellations, including Orion and Gemini. You can lose count of the more than 2,000 stars painted there, and on a dark day, you can see that the stars even twinkle, thanks to some help from electric bulbs.

In order to see everything that Grand Central Terminal has to over, visitors can download the Grand Central Terminal tour app to their smartphone, or take a Grand Tour or an audio tour of the terminal. For either tour, just head to the GCT Tour window on the main concourse.

Come Hungry
Grand Central Terminal has lots of places to eat, offering everything from a Starbucks coffee or a quick burger at Shake Shack, to some of the most historic fine dining in Manhattan.

Grand Central’s Oyster Bar is the oldest restaurant on the Dining Concourse, having served world class seafood since the building opened itself in 1913. It’s as famous for its design as the building it calls home, with its vaulted tile ceilings providing the best acoustics for quiet conversation in the city,

For a step back in time, head for a drink at the Campbell Apartment, a trendy cocktail lounge often called one of the best bars in the United States. The room used to be the private salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, and its impeccable architecture has been completely restored to breathtaking effect.

If you don’t feel like stopping for lunch or a drink, you can spend your time in one of New York’s most popular activities: shopping! Grand Central Terminal has nearly 70 shops inside where you can buy everything from computers and shoes to bath products and sportswear.