Battery Park

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Overview

Battery Park is a 25-acre (10 hectare) public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City, facing New York Harbor. The Battery is named for artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city's early years in order to protect the settlement behind them. At the north end of the park is Castle Clinton, the often re-purposed last remnant of the defensive works that inspired the name of the park; Pier A, formerly a fireboat station; and Hope Garden, a memorial to AIDS victims. At the other end is Battery Gardens restaurant, next to the United States Coast Guard Battery Building. Along the waterfront, ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and there is also a New York Water Taxi stop. The park is also the site of the East Coast Memorial which commemorates U.S. servicemen who died in coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean during World War II, and several other memorials. To the northwest of the park lies Battery Park City, a planned community built on landfill in the 1970s and 80s, which includes Robert F. Wagner Park and the Battery Park City Promenade. Together with Hudson River Park, a system of greenspaces, bikeways and promenades now extend up the Hudson shoreline. A bikeway might be built through the park that will connect the Hudson River and East River parts of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Across State Street to the northeast stands the old U.S. Customs House, now used as a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian and the district U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Peter Minuit Plaza abuts the southeast end of the park, directly in front of the South Ferry Terminal of the Staten Island Ferry. See Wikipedia, Battery Park, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_Park

Battery Park in a Day

Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, along the waterfront next to the Bowling Green neighborhood. There are plenty of things to in Battery Park that you could plan a day trip around, including dining, museums, sightseeing, a memorial, and the starting point to see New York’s most iconic landmark.

Statue of Liberty
One of the most well known attractions accessible from Battery Park in New York is the Statue of Liberty (www.nps.gov/stli). The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France as a symbol of our freedom. It was dedicated to the United States on October 28, 1886. It is located on Ellis Island and visitor can take a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. It was proclaimed to be a national monument in 1924. It was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi, who was a sculptor from France. This is a great way to spend a day at Battery Park.

Skyscraper Museum
Another attraction at Battery Park, New York is the Skyscraper Museum (www.skyscraper.org). The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the history of New York’s most famous skyscrapers, and the people who have influenced the skyscrapers the most. The museum was founded in 1996. It is a nonprofit organization that looks into the past, present, and future of skyscrapers. It has some of the best exhibits that represents each one of New York’s finest skyscrapers. This museum can be another great part of a day in Battery Park.

The Irish Hunger Memorial
Another attraction at Battery Park is The Irish Hunger Memorial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Hunger_Memorial). The Irish Hunger Memorial is a memorial in honor of Great Irish Famine and Migration” of 1845. This event lasted for seven years. Many Americans can trace their heritage back to this event because most of Ireland’s population was forced to emigrate do to the lack of food at home. This time in Ireland’s history was called the Great Hunger. This was when the potato crops, one of their main food staples, were destroyed. This attraction is a place to remember how many immigrated to the United Stats.

Liberty View
To cap off your day, one of the most popular restaurants in Battery Park is Liberty View (www.libertyviewrestaurant.com). Liberty View is a local Chinese restaurant. It was established in 2005. It is located on the side of the Hudson River. It has some of the best views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and New Jersey. These views make it a great place to eat and relax while in Battery Park for the day.

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