Another one of my favorite parks in Manhattan is Battery Park. Situated at the southernmost tip of the island, it’s like a lush green oasis that suddenly emerges where the concrete jungle of the Financial District ends.
The park has been a place of enjoyment for New York citizens for quite some time, but it didn’t start out as a place for relaxation. Its name derives from the area’s initial usage as an artillery battery – one of the main points of defense for the island of Manhattan. The park as we know it did not begin to come about until the 19th century when a landfill was created in order to develop the park. And here’s a little known fact – Castle Clinton, located in Battery Park itself, was the city’s first immigration depot. It’s still a place of significance to this day, serving as the departure point for ferries heading to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, boasting millions of visitors per year.