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Battery Park

This photo of Battery Park depics the beginning of New York City's Lower Manhattan. Read More
Old Photo of Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan

Battery Park, 1929

Battery Park is located only walking distance from Wall Street, Trinity Church and Bowling Green. Battery Park is Manhattan's most southern park. Probably the most famous section of Battery Park is Castle Clinton. Named after the former mayor - DeWitt Clinton. It was a fort constructed at a time when there was growing hostilities between the British and the American colonists and served adequately during the 'forgotten' two year War of 1812.

Castle Clinton is now the location for visitors to buy tickets for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Memorials are abound in Battery Park, including one recent addition, "The Sphere", the bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig that centered the World Trade Center Plaza and survived with comparatively little damage after the tragic 9/11 attacks.

Battery Park is a major attraction to tourists as well as downtown workers who find the park a quick get away from the everyday urban congestion. Adjacent to Battery Park are more popular locations. Just north on the west side is the Museum of Jewish Heritage and north of the museum is up scale Battery Park City, which includes the World Financial Center and its beautiful Winter Garden. Just east of the World Financial Center will be the new 1776 foot Freedom Tower, site of the former World Trade Center.

Visitors and New Yorkers alike are finding Battery Park a fun place to come to in this 1929 photo. Interestingly, virtually all of the buildings seen in the background are now gone. With the exception of the old Standard Oil Building (tallest structure in this picture), most have been replaced by the glass skyscrapers constructed during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Interested in purchasing prints of these fabulous photos of New York in the Swing Era? Visit our Visions of NY merchandise site! Here you can view and purchase photos, t-shirts, mugs, mousepads and an assortment of additional items.

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