National Parks in New York City

New York City

New York City sports numerous National Parks within its borders and in th esurrounding area. Some are historic monuments, others are recreational. Here's a brief listing. GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Floyd Bennett Field, Building 69 Brooklyn, NY 11234 (718) 338-3338 With more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries, recreational and athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches, indoor and outdoor classrooms, picnicking and camping areas as well as historic structures, old military installations, airfields, a lighthouse and adjacent waters around New York harbor, this park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities and educational perspectives all year long. Gateway and Golden Gate in San Francisco were the first urban recreation areas. CASTLE CLINTON NATIONAL MONUMENT 26 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 (212) 344-7220 Built 1808-11, this structure served as a defense for New York harbor, an entertainment center, and an immigration depot through which more than 8 million people entered the United States from 1855 to 1890. It is located in Battery Park. FEDERAL HALL NATIONAL MEMORIAL 26 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 (212) 825-6888 This graceful building is on the site of the original Federal Hall where the trial of John Peter Zenger, involving freedom of the press, was held in 1735; the Stamp Act Congress convened, 1765; the Second Continental Congress met, 1785; Washington took the oath as first U.S. President, and the Bill of Rights was adopted, 1789. Present building was completed in 1842. The statue of Washington is by John Quincy Adams Ward. GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL 122nd St. and Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027 (212) 666-1640 This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, the Union commander who brought the Civil War to an end, includes the tombs of General and Mrs. Grant. As the President of the United States (1869-77), Grant signed the act establishing the first national park, Yellowstone, on March 1, 1872. HAMILTON GRANGE NATIONAL MEMORIAL 287 Convent Ave. New York, NY 10031 (212) 666-1640 The Grange, named after his grandfather's estate in Scotland, was the home of Alexander Hamilton, American statesman and first Secretary of the Treasury. STATUE OF LIBERTY NATIONAL MONUMENT Liberty Island New York, NY 10004 (212) 269-5755 The famous 152-foot copper statue bearing the torch of freedom was a gift of the French people in 1886 to commemorate the alliance of the two nations in the American Revolution. Designed by Frederick Bargholdi, the statue came to symbolize freedom for immigrants. A museum contains exhibits on the Statue of Liberty and immigration. Ellis Island was reopened to the public in 1990 as the country's only museum devoted entirely to immigration. The three-story main building on the northern portion of the 27.5-acre island contains exhibits, graphic displays, and films telling the story of the nearly 15 million immigrants who were processed through this major immigration station. THEODORE ROOSEVELT BIRTHPLACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 28 E. 20th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 260-1616 The 26th President was born in a brownstone here on Oct. 27, 1858. Demolished in 1916, it was reconstructed, furnished and rededicated in 1923 by the President's widow and sisters.

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