Battery Park

At the tip of the Battery, the southern extremity of Manhatten Island, lies Battery Park, named for the artillery batteries that overlooked New York Harbor during the cities early years. The Park contains a number of structures of interest.

* Castle Clinton, formerly part of the island's system of fortification, then a theater, an immigration depot and the home of the New York Aquarium, contains ticket offices for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
* Pier A with its clock tower and World War I memorial
* Hope Garden, an AIDS memorial
* Battery Gardens restaurant
* United States Coast Guard Battery Building containing the National Maritime Center
* New York Water Taxi stop
* East Coast Memorial to World War II sailors

Moving northwest from the park one finds Battery Park City with its Promenade and Robert F. Wagner Park. These green-spaces connect with Hudson River Park to provide recreational space extending up the Manhattan shore of the Hudson River. A proposed bike-way through the park would connect the green-spaces along the Hudson and East rivers.

On the north side of State Street across from the park stands the former US Customs House, now a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian. In front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal to the southeast of the park is Peter Minuit Plaza.


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