It's our second day in New York City.  We took the #7 Subway down to the Times Square stop and transferred to the #1 Subway which took us to the tip of Manhattan. We exited at the South Ferry stop and decided to walk over to Battery Park prior to boarding the boat to Liberty Island.

We passed by The Sphere.  Previously placed between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, this sculpture was damaged, but survived the collapse of the towers.  Placed in this spot on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to those killed in the attacks, the eternal flame was lit on September 11, 2002.

My first glimpse of Lady Liberty!  What a magnificent site!

I didn't realize until later that's New Jersey across the water.

It's easy to see why the South Cove is one of Battery Park's most popular places, with its distinctive wooden walkway...

its distinctive blue lighting...
and the cove.

You can climb the uniquely-designed overlook and look out over the wooden bridge for wonderful views.

One of the more interesting displays of public art along the Esplanade is called The Upper RoomIt's located where the Esplanade meets Albany Street.  It reminded me of ancient temple ruins.  The square court is surrounded on all sides with red pillars made of gravelly concrete.  In the courtyard there is a long table inlaid with chess boards and stools.  In the middle is an altar-like pergola.

We ended our walk at North Cove Marina.  So many beautiful boats docked right in front of the World Financial Center.

We reversed our course and headed back towards the pier to catch the ferry to Liberty Island.

What a wonderful stroll along the waterfront on a beautiful September morning!  I can see why Battery Park is such a beloved place for New Yorkers.

All photos in this post were taken by me during my trip to New York City in September, 2012.

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