Battery Park

In addition to spectacular views and green-space, Battery Park is rich in history with many monuments to soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants

Enjoying a stroll in Battery Park
Enjoying a stroll in Battery Park cc licensed photo by Mike Steele

Named for the artillery battery that was stationed to defend the southern tip of Manhattan before the War of 1812, Battery Park is a waterfront public park rich in history of the early settlement of New York including Castle Clinton, one of the New York Harbor forts built in 1807.

Prior to the opening of the Ellis Island immigration centre, it was the entry point for millions of new immigrants. Despite being one of New York's oldest public spaces, Battery Park has undergone significant upgrades the latest of which is the major renovation and reopening of the old NYC Department of Docks and Harbor Police building also known as Pier A.

Both Pier A and the waterfront esplanade provide great views of the waterways, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They also house the terminal where you catch the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island. In the warmer months, outdoor shows and concerts are held regularly in the park or just relax in the Battery Bosque Gardens and picnic area.

Battery Park contains many monuments honouring soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants. It is currently the home to Fritz Koenig's sculpture The Sphere, which previously stood a few blocks away in the center plaza of the World Trade Center before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Located near the Hope Garden in the northern section of the park, The Sphere was designed to represent world peace, but has also taken on new significance as a monument to those who lost their lives in the attack. A perennial Garden of Remembrance was also constructed on the Battery Park Promenade to pay tribute to the survivors and to those lost on September 11th and to serve as sign of optimism and hope for the community. The Battery Conservatory also created the Battery Labyrinth, walking path outlined forming seven circular rings, to commemorate the first anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy to offer the public a way to honour, reflect and heal.

The park is also home to Pier A Harbour House, a beautifully restored building that was built in the late 1800s to house the New York City Department of Docks and Harbor Police. This historic building subsequently served as a NYC fireboat station from 1960 until 1992 after which point the building was left unused and fell into a state of disrepair. After a painstaking $40 million restoration, this 28,000 square foot building has been restored to its former glory and is now an awesome people space complete with a new restaurant and beer garden. Now that the updates are complete you can walk right out to the end of the pier and enjoy the superb views of the harbour including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Nearby attractions: Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge, Skyscraper Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church and the Financial District.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: New York, NY 10004, USA

Official Website: Battery Park

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1South Ferry2 minutes
N or RWhitehall Street5 minutes
4 or 5Bowling Green2 minutes

How to get to Battery Park by Subway

Take the 1 train to South Ferry, turn left into Battery Park or take the N or R train to Whitehall Street, head north toward Pearl Street, turn left on Bridge Street, follow path into park (5 minutes) or take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, head south on Broadway, turn right on Battery Place, turn left on Greenwich Street and continue into park.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Battery Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating A good place to spend your time. I flew my drone from here and the views are stunning. A great place to fly your AUTHORIZED DRONE. Have your Drone license on hand. Evenings are awesome. You can enjoy a great sunset if it's not cloudy. The sun just sits behind the Liberty Lady. Battery Park is an Energizer 😎 . I will come here again and again and again 😀😜😍 one of the coolest spot in NYC.

hari kailash - 7 days ago

4 Star Rating Gorgeous views? Check! Relaxing atmosphere? Check! Historical landmarks? Check! Great place for people-watching and reading? Check! A place to relax while having coffee? Check! Best place for a writer to get inspiration? Check, check, a million times check! Love Battery Park, a true New York treasure. Regardless of the season, you will enjoy your time here, perfect place to go on an early spring day (though autumn is the best time to go). Downsides? People's disregard for cleanliness. They do litter, even though they could get a fine if they get caught (and they might! There's always a police officer or guard nearby). That's the only negative thing that springs to mind. Prepare those checkmarks. You will love it here!

Mini - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating A walk into history here. It is a 5 star, I have it 4 because it was so freaking cold. (Not the parks fault). The old fort still stands, amazing discoveries here. Think back 2 to 300 years. Amazing. They discovered the wall in 2005. Yes, THAT wall referenced in the movie, national treasure. An interesting thing to find in this age of political agitation. A beautiful memorial to WWII lost souls. Powerful. I want to go back and spend more time exploring when it's warmer, like spring/ early summer.

Scott Cummings - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating This photo will mean a lot from now on, if this statue did not exist it would have to be invented. Although I understand well and socialize with the communist sentiment I see when I travel to world superpowers, I need to understand that some people will never understand welfare policies and how they grow, equalizing and paying off the historical debts of different peoples. When I first arrived here in New York, the first thing we heard about immigration was, "Are you a family?" It is about freedom that we are talking about, and so we enter. My 33 years old.

Luana Machado - 15 days ago

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