A Car-Free Summer Oasis in NY Harbor

Governors Island

What’s 800 yards away, filled with summer fun and just opened for the season?  Governors Island!

The Island promises a car-free oasis just a five minute ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan and truly has something for everyone.  Everyday you can enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor and the city’s awe-inspiring skyline via kayak or bike, go back in history at the Governors Island National Museum and/or travel down ziplines and 50-foot long slides. On top of that, Governors Island is also the only spot where you can go from learning about the history of oysters in New York and their return to the harbor just minutes before sitting down to feast on them with a cold beverage at Island Oyster.

They’ve also created a calendar of special music, movie and art events that will make each visit a new experience all summer long.  Here’s a peak at what’s been announced.

Saturday, May 12 – NYC Holi Hai – Spring Color Festival
Saturday, May 19 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 1
Sunday, May 27 – Family Fun Day Festival
Friday, June 8: Free movie screenings of Escape from New York (John Carpenter), with The Road to Magnasanti (John Wilson)
Saturday, June 9 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 2
Sunday, June 10 – New York Harbor School Oyster Classic 5K
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 1
Saturday, June 23-Friday, June 29 – ARTs East New York (AENY) and TheHAND™ Presents The Gathering of Hands
Saturday, June 23 – FIGMENT participatory arts event
Sunday, June 24 – Porch Stomp Music Festival
Saturday, July 7 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 3
Friday, July 13 – Free movie screenings of Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman), with My Last Film (Zia Anger)
Friday, August 10 – Free movie screenings of Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman), with Review (Dustin Guy Defa)
Saturday, August 18 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 4
Saturday, August 25-Sunday, August 26 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 2
Friday, September 14 – Free movie screenings of The Last Dragon (Michael Shultz), with Hernia (Jay Giampietro)

Ferries run daily from Manhattan’s Maritime Building on South Street between 10AM-6PM during the week and 10AM-7PM on weekends.  Governors Island will also have late night Fridays until 10PM from May 25-September 14.  Round trip tickets are $3. The Island is currently offering free trips between now and May 6th and all summer long on weekend morning.

For more info on what to do on Governors Island, ferry schedules and special events, visit The Trust for Governors Island website.