Battery Park

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Battery Park
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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.


Venue name: Battery Park
Address: Battery Pl
New York

Cross street: at State St
Transport: Subway: R to Whitehall St–South Ferry
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While I'm not in this neighborhood often, battery park is a swell place to sit, relax, read a book, or take in the sights. There are lush trees and plants right alongside benches that overlook the beautiful water. At certain points you can see the city skyline or the Statue of Liberty. If you're coming from the Staten Island ferry, it's a nice place to take a quick break right after the long ferry into the city. So take a break, breathe that fresh city air, and just look around at the beautiful views that this park has to offer