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The only interesting part of the article was, ““At home all day,” the diarist wrote in a Nov. 14 entry, “except taking a walk round the Battery in the afternoon.” The year was 1789. The diarist was President George Washington. Home was a mansion on Cherry Street, which Congress had rented for the new president. But the Battery was the Battery. And so it is again. Mitchell J. Silver, the New York City parks commissioner, approved a proposal in February to shorten the name of Battery Park to the more historically concise Battery. The proposal began with Warrie Price, the president and founder of the private Battery Conservancy, which manages the park in partnership with the city.”.