“With its fine promenade and magnificent vista of the harbor, the Battery became a popular place for New Yorkers to visit in the early 18th century,” states the NYC Parks Department.
Battery Park was so popular, in fact, New York native Herman Melville put it in the opening chapter of Moby Dick.
“There now is your insular city of thebelted round by wharves as isles by coral reefs—commerce surrounds it with her surf,” wrote Melville.
“Right and left, the streets take you waterward. Its extreme down-town is thewhere that noble is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land. Look at the crowds of water-gazers there.”
By the time this turn of the century postcard was produced, the Battery was still a popular promenade for “water-gazers” seeking cool breezes, as it is today.