Castle Clinton National Monument

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New York, NY  10005

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Located at Battery Park, Castle Clinton is one of four forts built in New York City to fight off the British Navy in the early 1800's. Its name honors a former mayor and governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. In 1824, it was renamed Castle Garden and became an entertainment center, including a restaurant, opera house and theater. From 1855 until 1890, Castle Garden operated as an immigrant processing center; after that, Ellis Island opened and took over immigration. In 1896, the building reopened as the New York City Aquarium, which later moved to Coney Island in 1941. Though demolition was in the works, instead the National Park Service restored the building and and as of 1975 it has been the Castle Clinton National Monument. Today, the National Park Service offers free guided tours and Statue Cruises offer ferry rides the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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