NEW YORK—Starting this Friday until the end of the summer, New Yorkers will have another option for getaways. Governors Island will open on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Mondays from May 27 to Sept. 25.
Right now there are over a dozen art exhibitions and musical activities ongoing on the island, from an interior design showcase and exhibitions of paintings to open art studios and jazz festivals.
There are also guided tours and museums designed for children. The Collage Logic presented by Harvestworks and the NY Electronic Arts Festival, both ongoing events, feature modern and creative art works presented in innovative approaches such as digital media.
The Designs for Living exhibition displays couture fashion items dated 200 years. The island is also a great pick for sports lovers. Bikes can be rented until the afternoon. Moreover, they can be borrowed for free on Fridays. Kayaking is also scheduled for specific weekends; schedules can be found on the island’s official website.
Another highlight is the annual Veuve Clicquot polo tournament, scheduled on Sunday, June 5 this year. Prince Harry was a guest of the event last year when he competed for the Blackrock team.
Snack booths serving hotdogs, ice cream, and softies are scattered around the island. As always, guests are welcomed to bring their own food as well.
Free shuttle ferries travel from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Manhattan shuttle service starts at 10 a.m. and runs continuously until 5 p.m. on Fridays and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. Passengers can board the ferry at the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South St., adjacent to the Staten Island ferry. Another ferry travels between the island and the terminus of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on weekends and holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Governors Island was a military base for almost two centuries, it was then purchased and put under the governance of the State of New York and the City of New York. In 2010, the Trust for Governors Island was created to manage the development of the island. The organization plans to build the island as “a destination with great public open space, as well as future education, not for profit and commercial facilities,” according to the island’s official website.