Battery Park is filled with hidden spots that are in-the-know and exclusive. They’re havens for locals seeking respite from the throngs of visitors descending on New York during the summer months. Give the touristy spots a break and idle in late summer at these off-the-beaten path Battery Park locations, a short walk from Wagner Battery Park. Just don’t tell anyone you were there.
Battery Park Beer Garden: A drinking boîte so cool, it doesn’t even have a name. Referred to vaguely as the Battery Park Beer Garden, this hidden gem is tucked away in the southernmost part of Battery Park. If you blink, you’ll miss it, but if you know where to look (hint: behind giant hedges), you can enjoy its small sandwich offering, hot pretzels and some of the best craft beers on tap.
Seamore’s: Famed restaurant Seamore’s recently opened in Battery Park and very few people know about it. Be one of the first to stop by for its famous lobster rolls and a diverse array of healthy and delicious seafood. Pro-tip: insiders know the po-boys are some of the best outside of New Orleans. Come early to guarantee seating.
Hop on the Ferry: Few New Yorkers or even tourists realize that hopping aboard the Staten Island ferry is totally free. Bring a sun hat and channel your inner Jetsetter as you glide around the East River for 30 minutes, taking in sights ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Ellis Island. Just don’t let anyone in on your little secret.
Take in the Sphere: One of Battery Park’s lesser-known sculptures, this cast bronze piece is a sight to behold, an epic spherical shaped work by German artist Fritz Koenig located in Liberty Park at the World Trade Center. Originally poised in the Austin J. Tobin Plaza, it survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. It was recovered from the rubble and stored near a hangar at JFK airport. Six months after the attack, The Sphere was relocated to its location in Battery Park, where it was rededicated with an eternal flame.