The Battery, formerly known as Battery Park, is a 25-acre (10 ha) public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City facing New York Harbor. It is bounded by Battery Place on the north, State Street on the east, New York Harbor to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. The park contains attractions such as an early 19th century fort named Castle Clinton; multiple monuments; and the SeaGlass Carousel. The surrounding area, known as South Ferry, contains multiple ferry terminals, including the Staten Island Ferry's Whitehall Terminal; a boat launch to the Statue of Liberty National Monument (which includes Ellis Island and Liberty Island); and a boat launch to Governors Island.
The park and surrounding area is named for the artillery batteries that were built in the late 17th century to protect the settlement behind them. By the 1820s, the Battery had become an entertainment destination, with the conversion of Castle Clinton into a theater venue. During the mid-19th century, the modern-day Battery Park was constructed and Castle Clinton was converted into an immigration and customs center. The Battery was commonly known as the landing point for immigrants to New York City until 1890, when the Castle Clinton immigration center was replaced by one on Ellis Island. Castle Clinton then hosted the New York Aquarium from 1896 to 1941.
Jason Rein | Mar 30, 2018
We love New York City! So many things to do and see. Battery Park is a pretty large area on the southern tip of Manhattan island. There is a walk along the river with beautiful views of New Jersey, the statue of liberty and Brooklyn. There are many varieties of flowers they have planted along the paths. They have so much to do there you're better off taking a stroll yourself and see what interests you, I'm sure there will be something you'll enjoy!
Court Veenis | Mar 29, 2018
I think many people forget that New York City was originally a seaside community while it started that way take the Easter population in the history of oysters in Manhattan as a great example you should look it up. Battery park is so fabulous destination for tourists and locals alike because of the unique architecture and the fact that you can walk around the island and see many different vantage points including the statue of liberty Ellis island and parts of Brooklyn and New Jersey that depending on the time of day are spectacular they sparkle and now the seaside community is growing even larger and stronger especially since hurricane Sandy. There are small museums and sculptures throughout downtown battery park and I encourage you to pay attention to the details because you might just miss something spectacular. From Cemeteries to Wall Street to Bodega's and more it's worth spending time in battery park. but please do not drive down there expecting to park - there is absolutely no parking during the week you will get a ticket and you will hold people back there is one massive parking lot at the end of battery park that is relatively expensive, but be prepared to walk as well.
Idu World | Mar 29, 2018
Heritage is beautiful and quite preserved. What surprises me most was the cleanliness and hygiene of the place. It really is a place for all ages and taking in a beautiful view of other local heritage sites. Congratulations on providing such careful service that the rulers and local people have.
Shane Ryan Kelly | Jan 23, 2018
Some of the best views in the city. Historic New York harbor is a must see site for anybody visiting New York or even New Yorkers themselves who have never made the trip. With views of lady liberty and the stunning Jersey City skyline you really get a feeling for the significance of the area when you stand at the battery. Go in the spring or summer when there's activities for younger kids and the whole family. It's also quite easy for tourists to navigate to as battery Park stands right by the last stop (south ferry) on the one line. Just catch the 1 at times square and ride downtown to the end and you're there!
Lee Woodhouse | Feb 25, 2018
Great green space at the foot of the Financial District. Great views looking out to sea along the promenade. Down side are the people harassing you to buy tickets for the Statue of Liberty. Memorial stones for the military also worth a visit. Like all the parks I visited, food vendors are present, so you grab a bite to eat and something to drink, and have either on a park bench and watch the world go by, or on the go. At the foot of Battery Park are the boats to take you to Liberty Island for the Statue of Liberty, and a few yards along the promenade, is the Terminus for the Staten Island Ferry. Great place to watch the sun set.
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