No More Battery Park: Area Back to Its Historic Name

NEW YORK (AP) -

Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park has gone back to using its historic name: The Battery, The Battery Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks announced.

The 25-acre public park on the southern tip of Manhattan sees about 6 million visitors a year. With a decades-long rehabilitation nearly complete, it includes perennial gardens, a fountain, waterfront promenade, and bike and pedestrian paths.

With many of its historical monuments being restored, the groups say it’s time to reinstate the original name. The name refers to a battery of cannons that defended the city in Colonial times. It’s referenced in early maps and literary works like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.