Fun 3 from Top Lists – Best things to Do in Battery Park City
We don't want you to miss these 3 - they don't always make the big lists but they are definitely worth visiting.
Explore Pier A
Old world meets new world at Pier A. Originally built in 1884-1886, "the newly renovated $40 million project has a spectacular view of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island."
"Located where Battery Park meets the Hudson River Pier A Harbor House, is a 28,000-square foot, multi-experiential food and beverage destination. Pier A is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated New York City landmark. Opening in 1886 as the headquarters for the New York Harbor Police and Department of Docks, Pier A later served as the VIP entrance for European Ambassadors traveling to Ellis Island and as the main station for the Marine Division of the New York City Fire Department."
Ride the SeaGlass Carousel:
Looking for some family fun? The SeaGlass Carousel in the Battery brings you one-of-a-kind magic:
"Inspired by the chambered nautilus, the spiraling pavilion of glass and steel brings art, architecture, and music to children of all ages.
The George Tsypin Opera Factory created a mystical underwater experience. The rider sits within iridescent fish that glide through the sights and sounds of a 360° aquatic adventure."
(Note: Mommy Poppins has 25 more ideas for family activities in Battery Park City.)
See an Irish Countryside in the Big Apple
"The Memorial represents a rural Irish landscape with an abandoned stone cottage, stone walls, fallow potato fields and the flora on the north Connacht wetlands. The 96’ x 170’ Memorial, designed by artist Brian Tolle, contains stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties, and is elevated on a limestone plinth. Along the base are bands of texts separated by layers of imported Kilkenny limestone. The text, which combines the history of the Great Famine with contemporary reports on world hunger, is cast as shadow onto illuminated frosted glass panels."
A 4th tip? Take in some art instillations: Battery Park is known for these!
We recently featured a few along Esplanade in our post: "Esplanade Art – Instillations to See on Your Stroll".