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A Trip To The Battery In Manhattan

At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman, our New York City personal injury lawyers occasionally like to be tourists in our own hometown. We think it’s sad that too many New Yorkers fail to take advantage of the multitude of cultural sites around the city. Last weekend, we took a trip to one of Manhattan’s most popular tourist attractions – The Battery in southern Manhattan. During our visit, we viewed the historical Castle Clinton, along with several memorials.

Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton represents the spirit of New York City, as it’s located at the far southern tip of Manhattan Island – the birthplace of the city. This sandstone fort was also America’s first immigration station – welcoming immigrants to American shores before even Ellis Island. More than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. through Castle Clinton between 1855 and 1890.

The building has undergone several transformations in its rich history, from immigration station to aquarium, beer garden, exhibition, and theater. Since 1966, Castle Clinton has been designated as a national monument. Today, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City, as millions of visitors learn about the history of this great city during trips here every year.

The Sphere

The Sphere is an iconic metallic sculpture by German artist Fritz Koenig. It was commissioned by the owner of the World Trade Center, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1966 and finished construction in 1971.

The sculpture was originally located at the site of the WTC but suffered significant damage during the September 11th terrorist attacks. In the aftermath of 9/11, the sculpture was dismantled and stored near John F. Kennedy International Airport. In March 2002, the sculpture was relocated and re-erected in Battery Park, near Hope Garden. In August 2017, it was relocated a second time to Liberty Park, overlooking the site of the WTC.

Of course, we didn’t see The Sphere while we were at the Battery. But Liberty Park is less than a mile away, so we also took a walk down there to view the repurposed September 11th memorial artwork.

Hope Garden

Erected in 1992, Hope Garden was planted in memory of those who have died from AIDS. The fenced-in plot of grass features a bed of pink flowers, with a backdrop of Manhattan skyscrapers. The garden is also a popular spot for environmental demonstrations due to the high amount of tourist foot traffic.

East Coast Memorial

The East Coast Memorial is a World War II memorial, and one of three war memorials in the country administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. This memorial specifically commemorates U.S. military personnel who died off the Atlantic Coast during the Battle of the Atlantic. The names of 4,609 servicemen are inscribed on both sides of eight 19-foot-tall granite pylons. Between the two rows of pylons, there’s a bronze statue of an eagle on a black granite pedestal. The eagle faces the Statue of Liberty. President John F. Kennedy dedicated the memorial in a ceremony in May 1963.

American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial

The American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial commemorates the merchant seamen who died during attacks by military boats during World War II. The memorial features a bronze sculpture depicting four merchant seamen on a sinking vessel after it’d been attacked by a U-Boat in WWII.