Battery Park is a 25-acre (10 hectare) public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City, facing New York Harbor. The Battery is named for the artillery battery that was stationed there at various times by the Dutch and British in order to protect the settlements behind it. At the north end of the park is Pier A, formerly a fireboat station and Hope Garden, a memorial to AIDS victims. At the other end is Battery Gardens restaurant, next to the United States Coast Guard Battery Building. Along the waterfront, ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is also a stop on the New York Water Taxi route between the Statue of Liberty Ferry and Pier A.
To the northwest of the park lies Battery Park City, a planned community built on landfill in the 1970s and 80s, which includes Robert F. Wagner Park and the Battery Park City Promenade. Together with Hudson River Park, a system of greenspaces, bikeways and promenades now extend up the Hudson shoreline. A bikeway is being built through the park that will connect the Hudson River and East River parts of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Across State Street to the northeast stands the old U.S. Customs House, now used as a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian and the district U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Peter Minuit Plaza abuts the southeast end of the park, directly in front of the South Ferry Terminal of the Staten Island Ferry.
LOCAL PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT
WEST THAMES PARK West St. between Albany and West Thames St.
RECTOR PARK South End Ave. at Rector Place
ROBERT F. WAGNER JR. PARK South End Ave. at Rector Place
TEAR DROP PARK north end of Batter Park City, west of River Terrace
IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL at the corner of Warren St. and River Terrace
NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER PARK North end of Batter Park City
BATTERY PARK COMMUNITY BALL FIELDS 2 South End Ave.
THE WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER PLAZA at Westside Highway and Vesey St.
THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE corner of Broadway and Murray St.
THE SKY SCRAPPER MUSEUM Battery Place between Little West St. and 1st Place
ACAPPELLA 1 Hudson St.
BATTERY GARDENS 1 Battery Park Plaza
BRADY BUNCH TAVERN INC. 67 Murray St. and West Broadway
EIGHTY FIVE WEST 85 West St.
FINANCIER PATISSERIE 62 Stone St.
SAMANTHA’S TRATTORIA AND SALUMERIA 235 South End Ave.
PICK A BAGEL 102 North End Ave.
DSW 102 North End Ave. and Vesey St.
LE PET SPA 300 Rector Place
DUANE READE 325 North End Ave.
RIVERFRONT JEWELERS 1 North End Ave.
LOCAL HEALTH CLUBS
NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB 102 North End Ave.
BATTERY PARK SWIM AND FITNESS CENTER 375 South End Ave.
CLAREMONT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 41 Broad St.
GIRLS PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL 52 Chambers St.
IS 289 SCHOOL 201 Warren St.
PS 001 ALFRED E. SMITH SCHOOL 9 Henry St.
PS 089 201 Warren St.
PS 126 JACOB AUGUST RIIS SCHOOL 80 Catherine St.
PS 234 292 Greenwich St.
HIGH SCHOOL FOR ECONOMICS AND FINANCE 100 Trinity Pl.
HIGH SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE 90 Trinity Pl.
MILLENNIUM HIGH SCHOOL 75 Broad St.
ST. JAMES SCHOOL 37 Saint James Place
STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL 34 Chambers St.
WILDCAT ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL 17 Battery Place
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M1, M20, M22
1 POLICE Plaza Precinct (212) 577 - 8477
100 CENTRE STREET PRECINCT 346 Broadway (212) 809 - 8026
LOCAL POST OFFICES
US POST OFFICE 73 Pine St.
1 Peck Slip
140 Governors St.
CITY OF NEW YORK CITY: MANHATTANVILLE CENTER 2 Broadway
NEW YORK DOWNTOWN HOSPITAL 100 William St. #5
NYU DOWNTOWN HOSPITAL 69 Gold St.