An Afternoon at Governors Island
There are so many reasons why I love living in NYC, one day i'll do my best to list them all but until then I'll share with you my adventures in Gotham as I live them. With so many treasures, it's almost impossible to narrow them down but i'll do my best.
One jewel I do take part in every summer, is Governors Island. What is governors Island?
"Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise. For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York." Learn more about Governors Island at govisland.com.
I have been going to GovIsland (as i'll affectionately be calling it) for about 3 years now and each year it gets better. Much like the Highline, it's an outdoor space with lots of potential. GovIsland is mostly known for it's Jazz Age Lawn Party.
This summer I biked, saw great exhibits, watched children play mini golf, explored the historical architecture and fort, ate yummy food and took an afternoon vacation from Manhattan. And, there is more to come... GovIsland is under construction and a lot of the public space is being refurbished. I cannot wait to see what they do!
Do yourself a favor NYC'ers, and take the free ferry over with your own bike (or rent one once you arrive) and soak in the amazing views of this absolute gem!
Tip: Bike around the island a few times, then stop off at a food truck (or bring your own picnic) and secure a spot on Picnic Point to soak in the beautiful views of the Verrazano Bridge. After some relaxing, explore the historical homes and Governors Island Fort.
Learn more about Governors Island at govisland.com.
All photos by me, via Instagram. Taken with my iPhone.