Governor’s Island, NY, Guide (14/52)

Governors Island Guide

Governors Island had been on our hit list for quite some time. Whether by bike or by foot, spend a summer’s day here taking in the views of lower Manhattan and frolicking amidst the island’s tranquil parks, and you’ll return to the mainland feeling like you’ve been away for quite some time.

Make it a full day by combining it with breakfast and a morning poking in and out of the shops around South Street Seaport. Pick up some TKTS for a broadway show while you’re at it.

It’s a small island, so you don’t exactly need a detailed itinerary here. Just walk around and all over it. Check to see if there are any events on, otherwise the Governor’s Island Website and the good folks at Thrillist have you covered.

Heading clockwise if you’re arriving from Manhattan, look out for the following highlights:

  1. Fort Jay a British fort dating from 1775. Rocking chairs in the fort’s courtyard make a great spot for a picnic while the old arms depots serve as some rather eerie gallery spaces.
  2. The residential buildings that flank Nolan Park remind one of a New England college campus and host an eccentric collection of artists, artisans, and hipsters selling their wares.
  3. The food trucks on Kings Avenue constitute what might just be the most picturesque outdoor food court in NYC.
  4. Look out for the urban farm where you can volunteer or learn some new techniques at the Teaching Garden
  5. The newly developed Hills are a series of beautifully sculpted parks that offer some pretty staggering views, and come with some crazy fun slides to indulge your inner child.
  6. The spherical Castle Williams, erected in 1807, a defensive innovation in its time serves as a museum, gallery, and boasts some more killer views.

Pro-tip: If you bring your bike, you’ll skip to the front of the ferry line.

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