Battery Park is mostly known as the place where you catch the ferry to go out to the Statue of Liberty Island, but it is so much more than that. This quiet, residential neighborhood that hugs the bottom of Manhattan has a lot to offer visitors.
Battery Park Esplanade and Park
This long path offers fantastic views of the Hudson, Brooklyn and beyond, and it provides a great avenue for a long stroll or bike ride along the water. From the esplanade and park you can also get some killer views of the Statue of Liberty, which might be even better than the trip to the Statue of Liberty itself. The park of Battery Park is small, but it provides some lovely benches and areas in which to picnic and play sports.
Battery Park Beer Garden
Tucked away at the bottom of Battery Park is a small pop-up beer garden that appears in the spring and summer every year. It has a small local beer selection and a few noms, but truly nothing beats this small, casual beer garden on a hot summer day.
If you’re looking for high-end shopping, look no further than Brookfield Place, a relatively new addition to the area. The spectacular front of the building has already been featured in a few films (think Iron Man). This mall is located right across from the street from One World Trade. There is also an incredible food court filled with tons of New York favorites such as Dig Inn, Umami Burger and Num Pang, to name only a few. You also don’t want to miss out on the winter garden.
This bar/restaurant which juts out onto the water provides a great venue for happy hour or grabbing a quick bite to eat after a long day of exploring. Pier A restaurant is quite well known for its oyster bar, and also frequently features private events at one of the bar’s upper levels. The views from the long bar out to the Hudson are truly spectacular.
North Cove Marina and South Cove
The Hudson is actually still an oft used sailing corridor, and the North Cove Marina offers a great slice of nautical life. From here you can experience great views of the Statue of Liberty and see a wonderful array of sailboats at the docks. Then walk over one block to check out the South Cove docks and you’ll forget that you’re actually in New York City.
National Museum of the American Indian
A highly underappreciated museum, the National Museum of the American Indian is in a magnificent building right as you exit the Bowling Green subway stop. Many people are unaware that this museum exists, and yet it provides some wonderful information about the First Nations of the Americas. Better yet, it’s completely free, so it’s a perfect stop to get a little history on your trip to downtown Manhattan.
Battery Park is a unique neighborhood that provides a bit of different flare to Manhattan. While not many tourists visit this part of the city, it’s definitely worth a jaunt, and at times you may even feel like you’ve been transported to a completely different place. Gone are the predictable grid-like streets — instead you’ll wander through the greenery and sea views of Battery Park.