Governors Island, the 172-acre lush green island in between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, provides the perfect summer getaway in the middle of the city.
Unfortunately New Yorkers haven’t been able to enjoy it in the spring or early summer like usual because of COVID-19, but the island is officially opening tomorrow!
After, it will continue to be open from 10am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-7pm on weekends through October 31, 2021.
Instead of just hopping on the ferry as usual, though, visitors must reserve ferry tickets in advance through a reservation system.
- Manhattan ferries will run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St.
- Brooklyn ferries will run Saturdays and Sundays from both the Red Hook/Atlantic Basin ferry terminal and Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
You can read more about all the new safety measures, including increased cleaning and hand sanitizer available across the island, here.
Check out their many food and drink vendors (including alcohol!). Oh, and their famous slides on “The Hills” as well as “Hammock Grove” will also be open for use.
The Island even has a new set of adorable and rather furry employees! Five sheep have been brought on the Island to help control invasive species. Named Flour, Evening, Chad, Sam, and Philip Aries, these adorable sheep will be moved around on locations inaccessible to the public to eat the invasive plants.
You can enjoy hiking, walking, picnicking, and of course, all the amazing sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.
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