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New York City Double Decker Bus and Statue of Liberty Walking Tour Combo
"Meet your guide for your fully escorted tour at Battery Park and make your way to the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi this iconic copper statue was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Standard admission ticket is included. Continue to Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station for more than 60 years before closing in 1954. Millions of immigrants passed through the station during that time; it is thought that at least 40% of all current United States citizens can trace one or more visit the National September 11 Memorial the principal memorial commemorating the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001 which killed 2
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
"This informative and entertaining excursion to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island begins outside Battery Park on the southern edge of Manhattan.  On your short walk to the ferry see the monuments and memorials of Battery Park including F 2001.  Then you board the ferry via the reserve ticket holders line for a pleasant trip to Liberty island Once you arrive at The Statue of Liberty you'll make a short visit to the Statue of Liberty museum where you'll learn all the enter climb to the observation deck 10 stories high and get amazing views of the New York City skyline and sweeping 360 degree views of New York Harbor all fully narrated by your guide.  Then take a short ferry ride to Ellis Island where you’ll walk in the footsteps of millions of desperate immi to The Baggage Room through The Great Hall and down The Stairs of Separation as you re-live the immigrant experience through the stories told by your guide. Get a great overview and understanding of the island before hopping back on the ferry to return to Battery Park in Ma
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Statue of Liberty and One World Observatory
9/11 Memorial and Financial District Tour with Optional One World Observatory""Enjoy every moment of this fully narrated tour with personal radios and priority boarding from Battery Park. Meet your guide just outside Battery Park for a short walk to the ferry where your guide will point out and explain the monuments and memorials t like: The Immigrants Statue Fritz Koenig's ""Sphere"" (it once stood at The World Trade Center) and The American Merchant Mariner's Memorial.Then board the ferry via the reserve ticket holders line for Liberty Island. Enter inside the pedestal and let your guide introduce you to Lady Liberty as they show you the highlights of the Statue of Liberty Museum. Then climb to the pedestal for one of the best views NYC has to offer at 10 stories above New York Harbor. Then get a once in-a-lifetime photo with Ms. Liberty before heading to Ellis Island.On Ellis Island re-live the immigrant experience and hear th their time on Ellis Island and beyond. You'll share in their fear
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Battery Park

Battery Park is a public parc at the southern tip of Manhattan Island/New York.Facing the harbour, it was named after the artillery that was stationed here for defense purposes in the early days of New York.The last visible heritage of these days is Castle Clinton, now the ticket office for Statue of Liberty Cruises; the departure point for ferries to Ellis Island and Liberty Island is also located in the park.The park features a lot of memorials, among them an eagle sculpture and statues dedicated to merchant mariners, immigrants, WW2 and the Korean War.

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MichaelFalk1969
Oct 07, 2015

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brookllyn.

Beautify, scenery of the of the East River and the Manhattan Bridge.. 1.5 miles each way.. Spend the afternoon in Brooklyn.. Get away from the tourist traps in timesquare and have a great lunch in any number of places with fabulous food!

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NewYorktoDublin
Sep 21, 2015

Financial District

The Financial District, is called FiDi, is a neighborhood located at the southern tip of borough of Manhattan in New York City, which comprises the offices and headquarters of many of the city's major financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, and the New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest stock exchange by total market capitalization. Several other major exchanges have or had headquarters in the Financial District, including the New York Mercantile Exchange, NASDAQ, the New York Board of Trade, and the former American Stock Exchange.

Until the late 20th and early 21st century, the neighborhood was considered to be primarily a destination for daytime traders and office workers from around New York City and the surrounding areas. The neighborhood now has a growing number of full-time residents, with gyms, restaurants, shops and super markets. Many old buildings were converted from office space to apartments and condominiums.

It has a number of tourist attractions such as the adjacent South Street Seaport Historic District, the New York City Police Museum, Federal Hall, and Museum of American Finance. Bowling Green is the starting point of traditional ticker-tape parades on Broadway, where here it is also known as the Canyon of Heroes. The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Skyscraper Museum are both in adjacent Battery Park City which is also home to the World Financial Center.

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apbeaches
Aug 19, 2015

Meeting Point

As the main starting point to Liberty Island, this park acts as a large meeting point, with several hundred people lining to the boats, and artists and sellers using the people's availability to make their business.

There are some historic buildings around, but most people don't even look, rushing to the boat's lines.

Only those returning to the park have a careful look afterwards.

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solopes
Mar 13, 2015
 
 
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New York Harbor

I like Battery Park because it's one of the oldest places in New York City, and one of the newest. It's old because it's the area when the Dutch landed to found New Amsterdam in the 1620's. It's one of the newest as it's actually mostly on landfill south of the natural island of Manhattan. Here is a park with a sea breeze on hot afternoons, the Staten Island Ferry,

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Toughluck
Mar 25, 2014

Battery Park

At the southern tip of Manhattan is a small park offering views of the harbor and an old fort that is now the visitors center, called Castle Clinton. This fort was built to prepare for the War of 1812. At 25 acres, Battery Park is the largest public space downtown. It has a number of fountains, statues, and war memorials.

Warrie Price founded the Battery Conservancy was established in 1994 to restore this beautiful public space. The points of contact are for this non-profit group, which has raised millions to improve the park.

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Tom_Fields
Aug 03, 2012

Beautiful on a sunny day

Everywhere looks better when it is a beautiful sunny day but this park is a nice place to take some time out from the rush of the city. There is a much slower pace here and would be a good spot to take a coffee or a picnic and just chill out on a bench for a while doing a spot of people watching.
There are monuments etc and other things to see in the park but its USP is definately the wonderful views, particularly across to the Statue of Liberty.
I would recommend taking some time out to just chill out on a bench and soak up the atmosphere. Again this is a place with a good mixture of tourists and locals alike.

Also it is FREE - its not often you hear that these days!

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clareabee
Apr 25, 2012

The Sphere & Eternal Flame - 9/11 Memorial

"The Sphere" is an iconic sculpture created by artist Fritz Koenig in 1971, which resided in the plaza between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The sculpture suffered damage during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was recovered from the World Trade Center site. It has been temporarily relocated to Battery Park.

On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an eternal flame was lit by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The plaque beside The Sphere reads:

"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. This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002 in honor of all those that were lost. Their spirit and sacrifice will never be forgotten."

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Feb 09, 2012

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Battery Park

A friend of us was staying at one of the high rise apartments here on Battery Park so I had the chance to be jealous of this nice park that spreads along the lower shore of Manhattan. The people that live here are very lucky because they can go cycling, jogging, walking along the smooth paths of the park, take your children to the numerous playgrounds and above all have a beautiful view next to the Hudson river and with the statue of Liberty at the background.

We walked along the 30acre waterfront (pic 1), we stopped at some of the fences along the way, there are some nice squares (pic 2) but also many sculptures like this one (pic 3) showing huge music instruments. As expected there are also memorials and monuments (pic 4) but I loved the statues that you can see on pic 5, check it yourself and tell me, isn’t it a smart one?

At the south end of the Battery Park you can take the ferry to Staten Island (see next tip)

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mindcrime
Sep 29, 2010

Battery Park

Battery Park is at the southern tip of Manhatten Island and has several monuments in it, including what is left of the World Trade Center, see photo. It is a sphere that was supposed to stand for world peace. Yeah right...
It almost made me cry to see it, since during the previous visit to NYC I was standing on top of one of those buildings. I think this is the reason I have not made a VT page until now, even though I have been to NYC several times. I am still debating if I should put an old photo on here or not....

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Florida999
May 31, 2010

Battery Park

After coming back from the Staten Island ferry, I walked up to Battery Park to rest my feet for a little while. This is a big park with lots to see and do, surrounded by some nice buildings, sort of like an oasis in a desert of glass, cement and steel.

Here I found 4 Statue of Liberty impersonators, lots of monuments to admire, a hot dog cart, a squirrel and overall a nice place to watch people go about their business. I especially liked the pier house and the American Merchant Mariners' memorial. In front of the memorial there's a plaque that says (some of the text will be quoted) "Dedicated to all merchant mariners who have served America from the Revolutionary War the present day."

The Icon of Hope: this damaged sphere was an sculpture called "The Sphere" by Frietz Koenig and used to be at the WTC. The sculpture was found among the rubble and then moved here, and an eternal flame was added, to remember all those who died on that disaster.

The Korean war memorial: unfortunately my knowledge of the Korean war is very limited, but this is a memorial for us to either learn or remember those who died in the war between North Korea, China and the former Soviet Union. The monument is in the middle of a circle, and the circle contains the # of casualties per country, the same countries that are represented by flags below the soldier.

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marielexoteria
Mar 17, 2010

The Many Faces of Battery Park

I may have been to Battery Park when I was a child but I do not remember it. When we decided that the trip to take with my grandson to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, we boarded a commuter train from Princeton to NYC. After we were half way there, we realized that we had no maps for NYC, nor any of the printouts that my sister had made last night.

So she called my BIL who works in NYC, and he told her to take the #1 subway to Battery Park and get the boat to the Statue of Liberty from there. So we did that. My sister bought a 10 ride ticket for herself, and I got a single trip ($2.00 each) for my grandson and myself, and after many inquiries, we found the right train and the right track and counting to be sure that we were in the first five cars, we got on. (Because at Battery Park, only people in the first five cars can exit, and there is no walking between cars on the subway)

Battery Park is 25-acres at the Battery (a former fort), the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City, facing New York Harbor. We only saw a little of it. We walked past this playground (which I see no mention of in the on-line literature) and the WWII memorial eagle (photo 2) and I sat down to rest along the waterfront where ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is also a stop on the New York Water Taxi route between the Statue of Liberty Ferry and Pier A. My sister went into Fort Clinton to get the tickets. (Even though both of us were sleep deprived, she's still faster on her feet than I am - being younger and thinner - photo 4 shows her with my grandson).

When we got back, we walked through Castle Clinton (photo 5) and saw the statue of John Ericsson in Battery Park, holding a model of USS Monitor in his hand (photo 3)

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Feb 28, 2010

Things to Do Near Battery Park

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The Skyscraper Museum

This was probably the most disappointing museum I visited in New York! Hopefully, the low cheap admission ($5) will help a little for the time that you will spend in this small museum. The exhibition...
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Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum was created as a living memorial to those who didn't survive the Holocaust, honoring those who died by celebrating their lives. The Museum's $21.5 million building, designed by architect...
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Ellis Island

This has been another dream of mine to be able to visit a place where many got there start as Americans. We have to be so thankful for those who crossed those dangerous waters in God knows what...
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Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

I took my best photos of the Statue of Liberty from the board of New York Water Taxi. When you visit New York City just choose sunny or partly cloudy day, check when the sunset supposed to start on...
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National Museum of the American Indian

This branch of the Smithsonian is set in the old Customs House by battery park in lower Manhattan. Entry is free and they have a small but very nice display of native artifacts from across the...
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Trinity Church

Trinity Church was meant to be a personal highlight of my visit to New York. I've always wanted to see it: This little old Anglican church, looking like something plucked from a quiet English village,...
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Battery Park, State St. & Battery Pl., New York, NY

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