Governors Island

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  • One of NYC's hottest summer spots is best enjoyed (and shared) with a fully charged mobile phone. Visit our #ATTStreetCharge solar-powered mobile charging station to power up.
  • Imagine a playground that parents actually like: If you create a park-like environment and people feel really free, adults hang out and participate like children do. -Adriaan Geuze, West8 architect
  • Promoters held a series of free concerts here in an attempt to build the island's reputation as a destination for music. Now, they're hosting ticketed concerts.
  • In the early 1900s, this island was enlarged by more than 100 acres using earthen landfill produced by excavations for the New York subway system. (From Aerial America)
  • The island's name stems from British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors.
  • Look west to see the august face of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, or stop at the northern end of the island to gaze at lower Manhattan and the recently topped-off One World Trade Center.
  • Governors Island has played key roles in civil war, revolution and two world wars. Now its famous for relaxing, picnicking, strolling and cycling. Get there by ferry, maybe explore by kayak.
  • Great place to get away from the city for a day! Lots to do, including: art exhibits, biking, hammocks, picnics, food trucks, views of the Freedom Tower, views of the Statue of Liberty and much more.
  • A ferry ride to a historic New England village (with barracks and a castle). Quickest way to get out of town during the summer.
  • Have a picnic! And play mini golf!
  • This 175-acre island boasts a rich collection of historic structures, including a house once occupied by colonial governors and 18th- and 19th-century fortifications.
  • Did you know the only Confederate prisoner to escape from the Island and went on to become a United States Senator from Tennessee.
  • Captain William R. Webb, the only Confederate prisoner to escape from Castle Williams on Governors Island, went on to become a Senator from Tennessee.
  • The island is only open to the public for a few months every year. Bike riding, concerts, beach parties, picnics, and free rides around the island. Not a lot of food choices here so bring your own.
  • Cond Nast Traveller calls the island a blank canvas for high and low culture.
  • PHOTO: 1947. First Army Sergt. Robert G. Evraets passes up the shovel for a flame-thrower, testing the weapon as an anti-snow device on Governors Island, at the link!
  • the perfect day-trip getaway for New Yorkers: stunning views, historical tours, a plethora of free outdoor activities, sunshine, and friendly people. one of my favorite places to visit over and over!
  • This is the summertime's best music venue in NYC. Great time, expensive drinks. Try out the chicken fingers or gyros.
  • Turn your day trip to Governors Island into a day of fitness fun by renting bikes. You can burn over 500 calories an hour and youll see more sights while youre at it.
  • Go there, ride your bike, eat a lunch, and admire the open space.