Open seasonally until the end of September
Sept. 13 SUNDAY 12:45 to 3 PM
MEET: Outside Gov. Island ferry building (light green,) 10 South St. in Manhattan, next to the Staten Island Ferry. Look for our yellow umbrella. Take #1 subway to South Ferry, #4 or #5 to Bowling Green, or R to Whitehall South Ferry. Allow extra time to purchase ferry tickets ($2/$1).
Early 19th century forts and residences, wide-open lawns, and competitors vying to control the island’s future, just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Governors Island is a prime piece of real estate with phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Until recently the island was federal land and closed to the public. Today government, private interests, and the public are all involved in defining the future of this unique section of New York.
In Dutch and British colonial times, the island was pasture, timberland, game preserve, and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
A visit today includes areas designated as national monuments, temporary art installations, and activities from jazz concerts to children’s activities to biking in a car-free environment. It’s a visit to quiet, green, and open-spaces. The big question to consider is — what lies ahead.