With Bowling Green behind us, the sparsely populated Battery Place is a mostly-open concrete sidewalk. Sure, the park offers a respite to the south, but the sheer width of the space here makes it seem like almost a chore to make your way over there. Across the street, One Broadway lines the street with a series of great marine-inspried images. Previously owned by the International Mercantile Marine Company, the plaques surrounding the second floor list a series of ports-of-call, while two entrances on the ground floor are labeled "First Class" and "Cabin Class".
Though significantly less ornate, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel air shaft (which may also hold offices? Anyone?) is also a rather interesting building to look at. Perhaps better known from the movies as headquarters for the Men In Black, this is one of the more plain-looking air shafts around the city. I'm always amazed more attention isn't given to them, since they show up at every underground river crossing.
Before entering Battery Park City, a large, classic-looking building currently known as "Ocean" sits at 1 West Street. Claiming to be the "First address in Manhattan" (I didn't know addresses were necessarily ordered outside of their street numbers), the building is just over 100 years old. Digging in a little deeper I found that this was originally the Whitehall Building, and is landmarked. The taller building behind it is actually one in the same; known originally as Greater Whitehall, it was built only 5 years after the original structure since it had been such a big hit.