Battery 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.
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.