Bowling Green

Park
Broadway and Whitehall St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 360-8143

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  • This is New York City's oldest park, a designation it received in 1733. According to legend, over a century earlier, in 1626, Native Americans sold the island of Manhattan to the Dutch at this site.
  • The Bowling Green Fence was erected in 1771 to protect a statue of King George III, which was destroyed in 1776, this iron fence is a rare reminder of New York City's Colonial era.
  • 1st city park (1733). Created to allow Colonists to play a game called 9 pins. Look atop fence. Fence formerly had crown finials atop it; hacked off by colonists in 1766. More info avail via our blog
  • Learn more about the historical significance of Bowling Green here: http://bit.ly/TPsoj3. Don't forget to check out the Museum of American Finance, located at 48 Wall Street!
  • Oldest public park in NYC. Great Native American museum nearby, 7 days a week, FREE.
  • It sure can get hot out here when playing. Treat yourself to some ice cream at Brewla Bars.
  • After hearing the Declaration of Independence read aloud in 1776, a crowd tore down a statue of King George III that once stood here, destroying a symbol of monarchy and igniting a revolution.
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  • The oldest park in NYC
  • The oldest public park in NYC -built in 1733 when the island name was still New Amsterdam- is actually a nice garden with flowers, benches and a charming fountain.See apartments available in the area
  • Free WiFi!
  • The Charging Bull is probably the most photographed by tourists. Whether it's the rear end or the front of the bull...it's mad crowded with ppl.
  • Cute little park and a great place to kill time waiting for the Staten Island Ferry
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  • Did you know that Bowling Green, the citys oldest existing park, was used for lawn bowling in 1733. Today, you will find many New Yorkers enjoying a bite in the park during their lunch break.
  • Its fence is one of the oldest structures in Manhattan.
  • If you can sit on a bench without dazed tour group members tripping over your feet you win a prize!
  • The city often hosts special events in the park; farmer's markets, swap meets, etc. Check it out sometime.
  • NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour
  • Farmer's market every Tuesday and Thursday with great produce. Also has a stand with vegan food!

Nearby places

Battery Pl (at State St)
Broadway & Morris St
1 Bowling Grn (btwn Broadway & State St)