On our way to catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, we stop in Battery Park, a 25 acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island facing New York Harbor.
It was named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in the 1800’s to protect the small settlement that would become New York.
Due to it’s key location in New York, underneath the surface of the park lies the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel, the Battery Park underpass carrying traffic from West Street to the FDR Drive, and the South Ferry subway complex.
This interesting sculpture is Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, which used to stand at the center of the World Trade Center plaza before it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was moved here to mark the surrounding Hope Garden, a memorial dedicated to AIDS victims.
We start our journey to Liberty Island and Ellis Island at the ticket office located inside the historic Castle Clinton at Battery Park.
Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton is where New York City began back in 1812.
Originally intended as a fortification to prevent a British invasion, the castle has transformed over the years into a welcoming entry point into the city for millions of immigrants and tourists.