Nutter's Battery Site
One of a string of military fortifications built atop the steep bluffs of the Harlem Meer, Nutter's Battery today offers Park visitors a stunning view of Harlem Meer.
The steep bluffs bordering the southern shoreline of the Harlem Meer played a significant historical role in American Revolution and the War of 1812. Vestiges of this chapter of pre-Park history can still be seen in the form of the military fortifications overlooking the Meer. The British seized the hills, erecting a chain of fortifications across the Harlem bluffs to the shores of the Hudson. After the war ended in 1783, the area reverted to a quiet residential area until the War of 1812. Anticipating a British invasion in August 1814, over 200 American volunteers hastily rebuilt the network of military fortifications over six weeks. Among the buildings was Nutter's Battery, positioned to the west and named after the owner of a nearby farm, Valentine Nutter. The other forts were Forth Clinton and Fort Fish. Together, they served as important lookouts for advancing forces. The British never invaded, however.
Today, the sites remain as a reminder of the role that New York City played in the early history of the American Republic. Perched on a steep inclined of Manhattan schist, Nutter's Battery offers Park visitors a stunning view of Harlem Meer. For information on work underway at the Nutter's Battery overlook, please see below.
The Conservancy is currently redesigning both the Fort Clinton and Nutter's Battery overlooks, taking into consideration their history and unique elevation. We re-introduced rustic and historic Park details like stone walls, wooden railing and benches, and a flagpole, and added plantings that will grow around boulders to enhance the sites’ rugged character. At the Fort Clinton overlook, we also conserved and re-installed two cannons salvaged from the wreck of the British ship HMS Hussar, which sank in the East River in 1780.
East Side at 108th Street overlooking the Harlem Meer.