Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004
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. Unfortunately there aren’t any trees or shelter on the walk closest to the water. All of the vegetation is within the park itself, away from where the docks are.
History anyone? At the time of the War of 1812, a fort was built here (1808-1811) and named Castle Clinton in 1817 after DeWitt Clinton who was the Mayor of NYC at the time. After the army left the site and in the many following years, the area served as an entertainment center, an opera house, and then an immigration landing depot, and even served as the NYC Aquarium until it was closed in 1941.
Alongside the docks you’ll find cannon and further inland are monuments and memorials. Some of which are: Castle Clinton National Monument, Salvation Army Memorial, Walloon Settlers Memorial and my favorite which is the East Coast War Memorial. This one is comprised of eight large honor rolls with names paying tribute to soldiers lost in the Atlantic during WWII. Nearby is this large eagle sculpture. It’s very impressive!
Today, there are ferries that’ll take you to both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. One can purchase tickets at Castle Clinton or go online at: http://www.statuecruises.com
The tickets are good for trips to both islands. There are also other great ferries and cruises which depart from other parts of Manhattan. Visit New Yorkled’s Harbor Cruise Page for more info.
Getting there by subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry; N, R to Whitehall St (All leave you at a close enough distance)
Nearby is: City Hall, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of the American Indian and other sights.