Battery Park. IRT Broadway-7th Ave. subway (local) to South Ferry; or IRT Lexington Ave. subway to Bowling Green; or 9th Ave. el to Battery Place; or 2d or 3d Ave. el to South Ferry; or Broadway bus to South Ferry. Hours: daily 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. from April to Sept., 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. from Oct. to March. Admission free.
THE New York Aquarium is set in the marine atmosphere of Battery Park. Housed in a circular three-story building, a converted fort, in the northwest section of the park, it is second in size among the world's forty or more great public aquaria, but first in variety and number of specimens. In the thirty-six years ending December, 1938, more than seventy-six million visitors passed under the two gilded figures of sea horses carved above the main doorway. The average attendance is about seven thousand a day. On certain days, however, when the fleet has been anchored in the harbor, sailors on shore leave have brought the daily attendance to more than fifty thousand.
According to a recent census the exhibition comprises some 8,877 fishes, 872 invertebrates, 198 reptiles, 65 amphibians, and 12 birds. The