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Located at the southern end of Manhattan Island called the Battery, Battery Park is named after the artillery batteries placed here during New York City?s early years to safeguard the communities behind them. It was the venue of Evacuation Day celebrations which honours the last batch of British troops who left the United States after the success of the American Revolutionary War. Now, it is one of the most visited promenades in Manhattan and offers a relaxing open landscaped space set against a backdrop of skyscrapers.

There are several popular and historically-important attractions found inside Battery Park. One of which is the Castle Garden which is the pioneering immigrant?s depot in the world. Battery Park in Battery Island welcomed thousands of people migrating to the United States from all over the world even before Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty stands took over that role. Now, people who want to visit the Ellis Island buy tickets at Castle Garden where the ticketing offices are located.

Another popular attraction found within the confines of Battery Park is the metal sculpture The Sphere by Fritz Koenig formerly found at the center of the World Trade Center?s plaza. After the September 11 attacks which brought down the twin towers, The Sphere was damaged but not destroyed and was relocated to the Eisenhower Mall found in the northern area of the park. Together with an eternal flame, it now stands to remember those who were killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center.

Aside from Castle Garden and The Sphere, Battery Park also plays host to the Hope Garden which pays tributes to AIDS victims and the East Coast Memorial which pays tribute to the servicemen who were killed during World War II.

Today, the Battery Park is a open space refuge where people can take a stroll, bike along pathways, wander at America?s past and venue of summer-long concerts.
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