Battery Park, New York City
Here it tis - Castle Clinton - and the kids had a great time while we purchased out tickets for Ellis Island. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton represents not only the growth of New York City, but the growth of a Nation. First intended to keep out a British invasion in 1812, the Castle has transformed over the years to welcome theater goers, immigrants, sightseers and now millions of visitors to New York Harbor.
Castle Clinton and more than a dozen other forts was built in anticipation of the War of 1812. The Southwest Battery was constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan Island between 1808 and 1811. Although fully armed, the fort never had occasion to fire upon an enemy. In 1817, the fort was renamed Castle Clinton in honor of DeWitt Clinton, Mayor and later Governor of New York. The army vacated the fort in 1821 and the structure was deeded to New York City.
Go over to the park along the Hudson at the end of Christopher (or down by Battery Park City). The park is lovely for a nice stroll and some of the piers are nice.
Plant a blanket or sheet or just sit on the grass (we don't have that much of it here so you might as well enjoy it!).
Watch the lovely colors as the sun sets over New Jersey.
One of my FAVORITE things to do in NYC.
In addition, I was there 2 days ago and saw a (real) NUN on ROLLER SKATES. Now, you don't see THAT everyday!
I was in Battery Park and came across a strange looking piece of art that I later recognized as the sculpture I had seen in front of the World Trade Center years ago.
This was written on the monument marker:
"For three decades this sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center. Entitled "The Sphere," it was conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but endures as an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country. The Sphere was placed here on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center."
Definitely a very sobering work of art.
At the bottom of Manhattan, just below the financial district is Battery Park. With a decent yet distant view of the Statue of Liberty this park is visited by thousands. These many are comprised of tourists and local office workers in a New Yorkled state of mind, who might pass by for a quick outdoor lunch or just to get away from it all.
New York is an exciting city. The diversity of the people makes everyday a new beginning. Just hop a bus, sit back and look at the window and see NY in full action. You never know what or who you will run into. I would suggest taking the M20 from Lincoln Center all the way downtown to Battery Park City. This route passes through Times Square, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and finally where the WTC was. From the last stop, you can continue by foot through the beautiful gardens of Battery Park City to the ferry docks for Staten Island. Round trip ride on the ferry - free. The best bargain in NY.
Outside Castle Clinton in Battery Park, I saw three street artists (mimes). These were the popular characters -- a NYC police, a NYC fire fighter, and a Lady Liberty as shown in photo. They were supposed to stand still, but the demand for photo was so high that they pretty much moved around all the time posing with the tourists. That made their job a lot easier.
At a quiet moment, the Lady Liberty removed her mask for a quick break. The face behind the mask without makeup looked so sad and full of wrinkles.
This is a public art work called "Beyond Metamorphosis". I saw it in Battery Park when I visited in June 2004. The artist arranged 3000 umbrellas, each painted with a Monarch Butterfly, across many corners of the park. This kind of art work is temperary. The umbrellas will be gone when the show is over or when it starts to rain.
In summer 2002 I was one month by myself in NYC. I tried to figure out what to do and discovered the many free concerts that you can go to. These concerts are in all the parks around the city. I went to Battery Park, Central Park, Levy Park and Prospect Park. I saw some great concerts! My favourite one was a concert by a famous Portugese Fado singer; Mariza, she has a beautiful voice.
I am going to provide you with a list where you can find out about free concerts going on at this time:
music in the park
If it is a nice sunny warm day and you'd wished you were a sea-side resort, don't worry, you don't need to drive down to Jersy shore or east to the Hamptons, Manhattan offer a couple of spots not a bit less cool, and sunny, like this streach at Battery Park city.
Battery park is located in the South of Manhattan.
It was the place in which Americans put the guns to protect the city against the English troops. The former fort, Fort Clinton, is still there.
It is now a pleasant walk in a park.
Most people do not miss this but it is 'Off the Beaten Path.' Make your way all the way downtown to Batterypark. From there board the ferry to the Staute of Liberty and Ellis Island. This historical monument and museum are a can't miss. Battery Park is in the foreground of the picture. Enjoy your visit.
Never saw it in all my previous trips to NYC, but stumbled across it on my little visit to Battery Park.
Bring a book, some food and wine, walk from Chelsea piers southwards towards Battery Park City, and when you get there lay-out your Blanket and anjoy the sun...and the views towards Lady Liberty