Posts Tagged ‘Battery Park’

A summer scene at Battery Park in 1917

June 8, 2011

The straw hats the men are wearing give the season away. They’re strolling through Battery Park beside what was once Castle Garden Fort, now the home of the New York Aquarium, according to the back of the postcard.

The card continues: “Here can be seen in large glass tanks the most valuable and complete collection of fish, seals, turtles, and other deep sea inhabitants in existence.

“At the entrance of the harbor is the Statue of Liberty and a little further up is Ellis Island, through which all immigrants landing in New York City must pass.”

The aquarium relocated to Coney Island in 1957.

New York’s other big November holiday

November 4, 2009

During the final week of this month, buck tradition and celebrate Evacuation Day, November 25—a huge holiday in old New York marking the day the last British troops sailed out of the city in 1783. 

For most of the Revolutionary War, New York was under British control. Hours after the Red Coats left, a Union flag was yanked down from a flagpole at Battery Park and replaced with the Stars and Stripes. George Washington returned to Manhattan, leading the Continental Army triumphantly down Broadway.

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General George W., post-Colonial New York’s first celebrity

Evacuation Day used to be celebrated every November 25 with the raising of the U.S. flag at Battery Park. But once relations with England warmed up during World War I—and a certain other late-November holiday grew in popularity—Evacuation Day slipped into the dustbin of holiday history.

“Battery Park at Night”

April 24, 2009

Here is lower Manhattan circa 1939, lit by passing ships, park street lamps, and moonlight reflecting off the water. The building in the center is Castle Garden, home of the New York Aquarium (now at Coney Island) from 1896 to 1941. 

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Castle Garden was a popular spot in the 1800s. “Swedish Nightingale” Jenny Lind performed there in 1850. It was also New York City’s first immigration depot (before Ellis Island was built), and the place where Samuel Morse demonstrated his wireless telegraph in 1842.