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Emma Lazarus Memorial Plaque map_it

  • Description: Plaque on plinth
  • Materials: Bronze, Israel limestone
  • Dimensions: H: 2'9" W: 2'7"
  • Cast: 1955
  • Dedicated: 1955
  • Donor: Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations, Inc.
  • Inscription: A TRIBUTE TO / EMMA LAZARUS / POET-PATRIOT /---/ AUTHOR OF THE NEW COLOSSUS / THE SONNET INSCRIBED ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY /---/ THE NEW COLOSSUS. / NOT LIKE THE BRAZEN GIANT OF GREEK FAME, / WITH CONQUERING LIMBS ASTRIDE FROM LAND TO LAND. / HERE AT OUR SEA-WASHED, SUNSET GATES SHALL STAND / A MIGHTY WOMAN WITH A TORCH, WHOSE FLAME / IS THE IMPRISONED LIGHTNING, AND HER NAME / MOTHER OF EXILES, FROM HER BEACON-HAND / GLOWS WORLD-WIDE WELCOME; HER MILD EYES COMMAND / THE AIR-BRIDGED HARBOR THAT TWIN CITIES FRAME. / "KEEP ANCIENT LANDS, YOUR STORIED POMP!" CRIES SHE / WITH SILENT LIPS, "GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, / YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE. / THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE / SEND THESE, THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST-TOST TO ME. / I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR!" /---/ PRESENTED BY THE / FEDERATION OF JEWISH WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS, INC. / ON THE OCCASION OF THE / AMERICAN JEWISH TERCENTENARY /---/ THIS FOUNDATION STONE IS THE GIFT OF THE / STATE OF ISRAEL /

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkBattery Park

The SeaGlass Carousel is currently under construction. SeaGlass is an aquatic-themed ride aimed at providing an exciting amenity for the millions of tourists and New Yorkers who visit the Battery annually.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014

ParkBattery Park

Portions of the Battery are closed for various improvements, including a connection between the Greenways along the Hudson River and the East River. The 12-acre site will feature a meandering bikeway and walkway through lushly planted perennial gardens; a reconstructed Battery Green, the large oval lawn that serves as a public assembly and performance area; restoration and relocation of 10 monuments to the perimeter for better placement and increased visibility; a protected and replanted woodland area; new paths, trees and seating surrounding the park, and upgraded paving, edging, furnishings and lighting.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2014

Battery Park Weather

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    84°F
  • Fri
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    79°F
  • Sat
    Partly Sunny
    81°F
  • Sun
    Chance Thunderstorms
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