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Governors Island

Ferry Line Rd., New York, New York USA

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Governors Island is a island in New York Harbor, approximately from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel, approximately . It is part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The National Park Service administers a small portion of the north of the island as the Governors Island National Monument, while the Trust for Governors Island operates the remaining 150 acres, including 52 historic buildings. Today, Governors Island is a popular seasonal destination open to the public between May and September with a 43-acre public park completed between 2012-2016, free arts and cultural events, and recreational activities. The island is accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Native Americans of the Manhattan region referred to the island as Paggank ("nut island"), likely after the island's plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees; the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block called it Noten Eylant, a translation, and this was borrowed into English as Nutten Island. The island's current name, made official in 1784, stems from the British colonial era, when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors. In 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, Continental Army troops raised defensive works on the island, which they used to fire upon British ships before they were taken. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post, and from 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. About of fill was added to the island by 1912, making the island a island.

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Nancy Sewell

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October 20, 2016

May 28—September 25
Monday–Friday 10 am–6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am–7 pm

No pets

Ferry Information: https://govisland.com/info/ferry

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Reviewed by
Nancy Sewell

  • 1,228 Reviews
  • 159 Helpful
October 20, 2016

GOVERNORS ISLAND: In addition to boasting dozens of arts and culture events in the spring and summer, Governors Island is one of the best car-free places to bike in the area.

Though the bike loop doesn't go around the whole island (at least not yet), it'll still take you through tree-lined trails, past grandiose mansions and old army barracks and by dazzling views of Lower Manhattan and the NY Harbor. Both the East River Ferry and free Governors Island ferries accommodate bikes, but you can also rent single and tandem bikes from kiosks on the island, plus they offer free one-hour rentals on holiday Mondays.

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Governors Island

Ferry Line Rd.
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