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74. Commune with nature in Battery Park
Photograph: Lauren Foy

Time Out Says

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This 25-acre green space is like Manhattan’s delicate fingernail, neatly plotted with monuments, memorials, gardens, sculptures and a farm-to-table café, plus killer waterfront views from the promenade. Though the area was named for the battery cannons it once housed, the fortified walls of Castle Clinton now protect little more than summer music concerts. If you prefer a quieter nook, seek out the stone labyrinth traced in the park’s lawns; it’s not actually a maze meant to confuse, but a prescribed stroll for meditation. The new SeaGlass Carousel will open in spring 2013 in a building shaped like a nautilus shell.


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The Poetry Path installation

Poetry Path is a new, immersive public art installation that runs the length of Battery Park City (from Nelson A. Rockefeller and Teardrop Parks to the North Cove Marina) and features poetry fragments from more than 40 poets on bench slats, banners, pavers, pathways, and signs.   Free and open to the public, the Poetry Path will run through 2021.  Poets House is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City. To celebrate, on Friday, a virtual program will include the following: 1PM: Welcome and Introduction to the Poetry Path – A behind the scenes look at the Poetry Path in Battery Park City featuring some of the craftspeople responsible for making it happen! 2PM: Poetry Path Micro Reading with Rita Dove – Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove reads from her poem “Transit,” now on display on the Poetry Path 3PM: Poetry Path Writing Workshop for Youth and Children – Children’s poet, author, actor, and educator Charles Waters takes us on an educational tour of the Poetry Path in Battery Park City 5PM: Poetry Path Craft Talk with Lawrence Joseph – In this craft talk, poet and legal scholar Lawrence Joseph celebrates 40 years of his path through writing and life, exploring the ways his Lebanese and Syrian Catholic heritage, his professional life as a lawyer, and his working-class background have impacted his writing.

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