Friday, 16 July 2010

Battery Park, New York

The 23-acre/9ha waterfront Battery Park is the largest public open space in the Downtown section of Manhattan. The park is located at the [southern] tip of Manhattan, causing many to refer to it as the city’s “front lawn.” The peaceful park faces the vibrant waterfront on one side and the bustling section of Manhattan known as – what else? – The Battery, on the other.
It is within walking distance of many businesses – making it a popular lunchtime hang-out – and is within close proximity of many of the city’s finest attractions, including South Street Seaport, The New York Stock Exchange, and the Staten Island Ferry. An estimated quarter-of-a-million people work just steps from the park and more than 35,000 individuals live within walking distance of this welcoming green space.

When Dutch settlers landed in “New Amsterdam” in 1623, the area was given its name because a “battery of canons” was set up there to defend the new city. Over the years, the land was enlarged as was the fortification, and Castle Clinton was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and the need to defend the city. From A View on Cities
Battery Park was full of people on both occassions that we visited it. The line for the ferry and boat cruises to view Ellis Island and Staten Island almost circled the park. The park was cooled by the breeze from the ocean, making it a nice place to visit on a hot day.

(Sister P took the first 3 pics. The skyline photo is from the web.)

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