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

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 Absolutely stunning park! I seriously enjoyed my time here, it is definitely one of my favorite places to hang out. Very busy! Plenty of people coming and going and enjoying the beautiful views. Park is extremely well taken care of, there is no trash to be found anywhere on the ground!

Martin V - 3 days ago

2 Star Rating The biggest issue we had was being caught amongst the school kids and not being allowed to go through. There should be separate lanes for large groups likes that so they are kept together and tourists are not delayed by straggling kids. As we had the NY pass we had to line up to get tickets converted, however they were not really checked on entry, so that delayed the process unnecessarily. They should use better technology to process passes. The ferry ride was good, albeit we chose a cold month to visit.

Matt Newton - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating I went for a run at this park and along the Hudson River on a cold November morning. It was great for running. I saw a couple of men fishing and some bike riders too. It's close to Wall Street and the One World Observatory. I took the subway and exited at that station then proceeded with my morning jog here. It was scenic and they made it jogger friendly.

Craig Butler - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Battery Park is great for a lot of reasons. There’s veteran’s memorials in the area which is awesome and it is great for a day out for exploring. The ferry goes to the Statue of Liberty from here. Great for pictures and tourists or nice stroll on a Sunday.

Danyal Khan - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating T Most people quickly pass through on their way to the Statue of Liberty departure point, but the Battery itself is worth some of your time. You can find incredible vistas of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. There are many monuments honoring soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants. It has old leafy trees, benches where you can relax and lots of squirrels. (Keep that camera ready!) The Battery (also commonly 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. The park and surrounding area is named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city's early years to protect the settlement behind them.

Abisography - 23 days ago

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