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Join the Crowds at Battery Park
Battery Park is a small green area on the lower tip of Manhattan. Facing the port, this area was an obvious location for the fortifications that defended the city originally, and to which it owes its name.
The park is lined with modern glass and steel buildings, but there are also some historical sights around that will keep you busy before queuing for your ferry to Staten Island, Ellis Island or Liberty Island, the three most popular excursions from Manhattan.
Visit Castle Clinton
New York City also has its very own castle, although this one has obviously nothing of medieval. It is actually a fort built just after the independence of the USA to defend the port from eventual attacks from the British. The structure itself is not particularly attractive; it is just a very simple circular masonry fort. However, as one of the oldest structures in town, it makes a great contrast with the tall buildings of Lower Manhattan in the background.
Castle Clinton is named after one of the city's mayors but was originally called West Battery. It replaced the former Fort Amsterdam built by the Dutch to defend New Amsterdam and the island of Manhattan.
The military use of Castle Clinton did not last long; it became already in the early 19th century a leisure space for the citizens of New York. It still serves that purpose, as it hosts a museum as well as the ticket booths for the ferry rides to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Only during a short period in the mid 19th century, it was used as the first emigrant landing depot in the US, before the facilities in Ellis Island were opened.
The landfill castle
Amazingly, most of this park was a landfill.
There's Castle Clinton here that was once an off shore reef.
You can buy your ticket to Liberty and Ellis Island here, and also City Pass.
Ferry to Staten Island is just beside this park.
Lively southern tip
This is the southern tip of Manhattan. It is a very busy area, as it is from here where ferries leave for Ellis Island and visits to the Statue of Liberty.
It is from here where I saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time. There are vendores selling souveneirs, mime artists etc.
There is also many monuments. One of these, is a sculpture which comes from the WTC. It has its new home here, as a reminder op 9/11.
After leaving Battery Park...
After you've seen Battery Park walk around the esplanade following the waterfront. As you walk NW there are some great little gardens providing a rare slice of tranquility in NYC as well as great view across to New Jersey. This is a great way to approach Ground Zero and Wall Street, or to reflect after leaving Ground Zero as you head back to the park.
There's never a dull moment in...
There's never a dull moment in this city that never sleeps. Even in Battery Park there is a wealth of entertainment available. Here you can have your picture taken with Miss Liberty, for the appropriate tip of course.
If Ellis Island and the Statue...
If Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are your destinations then Battery Park will be your point of departure. This beauty on the southern tip of Manhattan lends a splendid view of New York Bay. This is a great place to relax on a sunny spring afternoon.
Of course, if it's your first...
Of course, if it's your first time.....then check out the Statue of Liberty, take the Manhattan Apple tours, the Empire State Building observation deck, visit the Broadway district (catch a play or two), Bronx Zoo - Wildlife Conservation Zoo (known to be the largest zoo in the U.S.), check out Museums (get one of those Museum fold-out maps from the bookstores - - this is very helpful, it can give you names and exact locations). Check out the Sony Wonder Technology Lab (it's a wonderful hands-on multi-media exhibit demonstrating communication technology. Kids and adults will enjoy this place. It's on 56th Street bet. Madison and 5th )....and just enjoy strolling down Park or Madison Avenue....oh and take a bike ride at Central Park during the day (I think it cost about $15 up/hour and you'll see almost all of what the park has to offer). I've been to New York lots of times and I've seen it improved throughout the years. The subways are cleaner and more efficient with better signs and directions and purchasing the metro card is a breeze.
Helicopter Flight Across Manhattan
A quick google search will bring up a number of helicopter flight companies... the one we chose seems to offer a competitive rate - around 50 USD - and certainly met our expectations.
We arrived for our flight on our first morning in NYC, and after a brief security check we waited for our flight. There were four passengers - as well as our friendly pilot, of course, providing our in-flight commentary for the 20 minutes journey... we flew above the Hudson River, and one of the first landmarks I saw was Ground Zero, which I hadn't expected, and left me thinking of the not-too-distant events of 911 which have impacted the city so symbolically. Next, onto the Statue of Liberty.... w0w, how tiny it appeared compared to it's representation in the US blockbuster movies we are so familiar with...
Our flight continued, as the helicopter turned and tilted, with fantastic views and great photo opportunities, all with a real buzz of flying in such a tiny craft.... if only we could have continued....
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A nice place to relax
I'm generally very fond of stopping at parks when I'm visiting other cities. New York has many parks and Battery Park sure belongs to the nicest. It's located at the south tip of Manhattan just next to the pier for the ferries to Staten Island. After a long walk through Downtown Manhattan I rested there for an hour or so. There's a nice fountain which is a perfect for letting your children play (and get wet), there are souvenir and food vendors and some statues, among them a rather impressive one with a large eagle (?). Battery Park is just a cool place to relax and watch the passers-by.
Tons of Action
Battery Park was full of action - not only did we enjoy the NYC tumblers doing their street show, but standing in line for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry was interesting all by itself. Street vendors and entertainers helped pass the time during our hour-plus wait. It was also nice to see the memorials to the Military Branches and service people.
Battery Park and battery City
The 'Battery' was created in 1693, when the British government that then controlled New York mounted cannons there. It played a role in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and even the Civil War as draftees were housed in a tent city there. Today, Battery Park attracts many New Yorkers and visitors, especially in warm weather. There is a fine view of the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey across the river. Castle Clinton is located inside the park.
The park's main structure is Castle Clinton National Monument, the takeoff point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The monument was once known as Castle Garden, when from 1855 to 1890 it served as America's first official immigration center (Ellis Island opened in 1892). The interior of the park is loaded with monuments and statues, including The Sphere, which for three decades stood on the plaza at the World Trade Center as a symbol of peace. Damaged but still intact after the collapse of the towers, it serves as a temporary memorial to those who lost their lives the year before.
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 is being 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 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.
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- Historical Travel
I was much more interested with the monument erected in the memory who looses their life in the Korean world.I was very much emotional when ý see the flag of my country on the The unknown soldier monument...
The United States boasts many memorials dedicated to those who’ve lost their lives in combat. Specifically, New York City’s East Coast Memorial pays homage to those who gave of their lives during World War II while engaged in combat in the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Monument To American Merchant Mariners
Walking through Battery park and looking out onto the Hudson River you realise how Manhattan relied on shipping in the 18th & 19th centuries, before the Brooklyn Bridge was complete. This monument honours the merchant mariners and to my mind it is a fantastic monument capturing the risk and valour of the merchant marine.
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Battery Park gateway to Liberty
The only reason to go to Battery Park is to get onto the ferry to Liberty and Ellis islands. However it is worth taking a little time to relax here. You will certainly need it on return from the two sites. There are a number of stalls selling pictures, cariacatures, coffee, pretzels and ice cream. A few buskers put on a show everytime a ferry returned to shore. We spent a pleasant hour or so here after the sun came out in the afternoon.
A bunch of guys seling dubious goods descended on tourists as they arrived on the ferry. These chaps carried goods on cardboard boxes on porter style trolleys and revealed dodgy looking watches, bags, purses, wallets. Avoid eye contact and they do not bother you but pester people they certainly did.
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