Central Park? What About Battery Park in NYC
Everyone has heard about Central Park in New York City. This is because it is arguably the most famous park in the whole world. However, there are other numerous beautiful parks that are still worth a visit. One of them is Battery Park, which is situated at the Battery, which is an area on Manhattan Island, located in front of the New York Harbor. The region was named after the artillery batteries that used to protect the city in the early years. Ever since the 17th century, the Battery has been considered a beautiful area and also acts as a promenade. The park itself was designed in the 19th century, but nowadays this open landscape features numerous skyscrapers in the background – which makes for a great photo opportunity.
When coming out of the jam – packed, winding and narrow streets within the Financial District, many tourists are fortunate enough to discover the lovely Battery Park. They see it as a relief from the crowded avenues and the perfect place to rest. Even the busiest people take their time to sit on a bench in Battery Park if not to get back in touch with nature, but also to have an absolutely amazing view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Those who are lucky enough to visit Battery Park on a clear day will have the chance to see the Port Elizabeth’s cranes, the Liberty State Park’s railway terminal, Staten Island and the Governors Island. Thus, this is something that must not be missed. Battery Park is situated on Manhattan’s southernmost point. Lucky tourists will have the feeling that the world is theirs and will see the city that lies in front of them as a real challenge.
The most important attraction inside the park is the National Monument called Castle Clinton. The place also features a small harbor for the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and a ticket office. Castle Clinton was constructed as a defense for the city in 1812, during the war. The monument was situated in Southwest Battery. The Battery Park was designed to encompass the building, which is now one of the most visited national landmarks. Castle Clinton itself is a popular beer garden and promenade. Battery Park features numerous other statues and monuments such as The Sphere. This monument used to sit in front of the Twin Towers. After 9/11, The Sphere was installed in the park, near the Eisenhower Mall. This peace symbol is still intact and, together with an eternal flame, it commemorates the victims of the terrorist attacks.
Battery Park is connected with Wagner Robert F. Jr. Park through Chambers Street. This link allows one to savor this great place and to admire the harbor and the promenade. The southeastern part of the park includes a brick building that has a restaurant and public bathrooms. Additionally, thanks to its marvelous underground infrastructure, the park offers quick access to South Ferry, Broadway, West Street, Seventh Avenue and Brooklyn. Moreover, the archaeologists discovered under the park a stone wall that is more than 200 years old, which makes this is the oldest structure in Manhattan and has been included in the Battery Park’s National Landmarks.
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