New York City – Battery Park

Battery Park

Spent last Tuesday, 5/29, and Wednesday, 5/30, in New York City.

Tuesday was an unusually HOT day, in the 90’s, can you believe that!!!! I knew it was going to be hot and I was happy, but I surely was not expecting an August like day in May. Not only was it HOT but also HUMID and the sun was blazing. Despite all that had a wonderful time.

First visit for the day was Battery Park.  The first thing we saw upon entering the park was The Sphere, the 25 feet high bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig that once stood between the World Trade Center towers and was recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attack. It survived with only dents and holes. Temporarily located at Battery Park (without repairs). An eternal flame burns as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. To learn more, click here.

The Sphere
For a photo of the sphere before 9/11 click here

Another view of The Sphere and the Eternal Flame

The Plaque

Wandered around and spent some time at the East Coast Memorial which consists of 8 massive 19-foot tall gray granite pylons and The Eagle Statue.

East Coast Memorial
This memorial consists of 8 massive 19-foot tall gray granite pylons, onto which are inscribed the names, rank, organization and state of the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II.  To learn more about the Memorial, click here.

The Eagle
The Eagle, by Albino Manca, is made of bronze and stands on a black granite pedestal. It is looking out to the Statue of Liberty with outstretched wings and gripping a laurel wreath over a wave (symbolic of mourning the dead at sea). The Statue was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on May 23, 1963.  To learn more about the the Statue, click here.

At another section of the park was a “fence” that looked like some work of art, made of bamboo and surrounding a huge area. Of course we had to check it out.  To our surprise, it is a well tended vegetable garden known as the Battery Park Urban Farm. The farm is a one acre educational farm. Turkey-shaped and surrounded with 4000 bamboo sticks, it is home to over 80 varieties of organically-grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains, and companion plants. Have no photos. To learn about the farm click here.

So much to see and do and relax at Battery Park. One could easily spend a whole day at the park and not cover the entire park. Battery Park is also where you get the ferry to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

This post is longer than I expected as I am sending you to many links, so will tell you more about my NYC adventure at a later date.

All the above photos were taken by my daughter, Miss K. who is a much better photographer than I.

Copyright © by Norma Chang

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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27 Responses to New York City – Battery Park

  1. It’s been several years since I was in New York City but I love to visit. You gave me some nice memories. Your daughter takes lovely photos.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      It is time you return for another visit. I am sure your family would love to see you. When you do visit, let me know, would be cool to get together.

  2. Thanks for the tour on NYC. Between you and Eva, I feel like I’ve just been to New York!

  3. Hello Norma 🙂 How have you been? I”m sorry I have been so busy I haven’t had time to drop by your blog >_< I forget that you live in New York City ~ I didn't get the chance to visit Battery Park but next time! I'll definitely go 🙂 So so so pretty ~

  4. Lou Murray's Green World says:

    Thanks for the visit to Battery Park. Ironic that the Sphere, a symbol of peace, was damaged in the attack on the World Trade Center. Great pictures, but so are yours.

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    It’s been ages since I last saw Battery Park and your post makes me want to go back and see it again. Thanks, Norma, for bringing us along with you on this tour.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      You are welcome, wish we had more time to spend at the park but had timed tickets to the 9/11 Memorial (will try to post about tomorrow), reasons to return for additional visits.

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    Great pictures Norma; it wasn’t quite that hot in NYC when we were there. We walked by Battery Park but didn’t go in, I’ll save that for our next visit. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Thanks, Eva, I will let my daughter know. We got caught in the thunderstorm (it was like the sky opened) around 9 p.m. fortunately we were on our way to the hotel so it was OK.

  7. ceciliag says:

    Wow the sphere.. incredible.. c

  8. What beautiful photos my friend! Thank you for sharing your fun times 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  9. Kristy says:

    The images of the sphere are so powerful and amazing Norma. Thank you for sharing them.

  10. Sissi says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip experience with us. I think I would would find it very hard to visit.

  11. Charles says:

    Hi Norma – I had no idea you’d taken off to NY – I hope you’re having a fun trip… thank you for sharing your photos with us!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charles,
      Had a wonderful time in NYC, covered a lot of grounds, posted about the 9/11 memorial this morning and will post about the high line and other activities at a later date.

  12. Hotly Spiced says:

    Those are great images Norma. I love those pools. I think there is something quite healing and soothing about them. I’m so glad the site is almost complete and ready to be opened. xx

  13. joyce says:

    Norma, Have not bee to NYC in over 10 years and appreciate the update on Battery Park and the developments since 9/11. Please keep these notes & photos on your trips coming. Good job. Joyce

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