Battery Park

On January 20, 2022 Marc and I went with the Sierra Photo of NYC group to photograph Battery Park and views of the harbor via the Staten Island Ferry. I will make 6 posts for that day.

Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan has native plants that look lovely even when not in bloom.

1 of 6 of the New York Harbor trip.

15 thoughts on “Battery Park

  1. 1954lspiegel1954 2022-01-25 / 10:51 am

    Excellent plant and flower shots.


  2. Thattamma C.G Menon 2022-01-24 / 8:34 am

    So stunning photography and inspiring beauty of the things πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️🌷


  3. Anne Lazarus 2022-01-24 / 8:01 am

    Lovely pictures, important to know ecology, I have several books on plants and inedible herbs.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-01-24 / 8:07 am

      Thanks Anne. I didn’t take time to try to identify them.


  4. Dan Antion 2022-01-24 / 6:48 am

    Beautiful photos, Sherry. I love the sequence with the gull.


  5. derrickjknight 2022-01-24 / 6:30 am

    Fine photographs. You can imagine I did a double take on the title πŸ™‚


    • Sherry Felix 2022-01-24 / 7:25 am

      LOL Here’s a little history:

      The Lenape Native Americans originally occupied the area. Dutch settlers populated the area as part of the settlement of New Amsterdam in the early 17th century. The Dutch referred to the southern tip of Manhattan as “Capske Hook” or “Capsie Hoek”, the term coming from the Lenape word “Kapsee”, meaning “rocky ledge”.β€Š Capske Hook was originally a narrow, hilly ledge that extended northward to Broadway, which at the time was a Lenape trail. Schreyers Hook (cf. Amsterdam’s Schreierstoren) was just adjacent. In 1625–1626, the Dutch built Fort Amsterdam atop of a hill at the site of the present Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. However, the fort was largely ineffective, despite several attempts at reconstruction.The British took over the settlement in 1664 and renamed the defenses Fort James. An artillery battery was installed at the fort in 1683, from which the Battery got its present name, one of a series of batteries put in around King William’s War, including at Oyster Pasty and Whitehall. The fortification would later be renamed several times more before the British settled on the name of “Fort George” by 1714.

      By the 1840s, members of the city’s elite were publicly calling for the construction of a new large park in Manhattan. Proponents said that the park would serve three purposes: abetting good health, improving the behavior of the “disorderly classes”…

      The southern shoreline of Manhattan Island had long been known as “The Battery,” and has been a popular promenade since the 17th century. At the time, an artillery battery there served as protection to the town. The Battery was the center of Evacuation Day celebrations commemorating the departure of the last British troops in the United States after the American Revolutionary War.

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  6. shoreacres 2022-01-24 / 5:44 am

    I smiled at the resemblance of the wing-spread gull with the eagle. I think your sepia-colored grass might be switchgrass, one of the “big four”prairie grasses.


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