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Battery Park

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Home to monuments, performance events and ferry docks

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Financial District
Parks and Gardens, Play

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The Commemorative Landscape of The Battery
by Chris Neville

Most people come down to the Battery to catch a ferry or take in the view. Either way, the harbor beckons. But as you start along the pathway that leads from Broadway to the shoreline, the first thing you will see is Fritz Koenig's 1971 sculpture, The Sphere. Salvaged from the rubble at Ground Zero, and still bearing the scars of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, it was re-erected here in 2002. This grim but resilient presence is the most recent memorial in Battery Park, but it is also hardly the first. In fact, the Battery marks the center of the densest concentration of public memorials in New York City. This commemorative landscape extends beyond the park itself to include nearby sections of Lower Manhattan, not to mention Liberty and Ellis Islands. But it all starts with the...

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NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation
The Battery Conservancy
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy


Ellen Callinan Fischler (Georgetown University Law Center)

This point at the tip of Manhattan is the real window on the world. It's historic and spectacular--especially on July 4th! It's beautiful and located on the harbor.

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