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For The First Time Ever, Governors Island Will Be Open To The Public Year-Round

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

For The First Time Ever, Governors Island Will Be Open To The Public Year-Round

We’ve always thought that Governors Island was the perfect escape from NYC (within NYC) — just see evidence here, here and here — but now it won’t only be limited to a summer staycation destination.

Governors Island just announced that for the first time ever, the 172-acre island in New York Harbor will be open year-round to New Yorkers starting Nov. 1, 2021! Typically, its season would last May-October. But starting this year, it won’t be closing at all.

Just imagine the sledding opportunities…

Of course, as the island is only accessible by ferry, this mean NYC Ferry service will expand to seven days a week, all year long to Governors Island. This includes the typical Pier 11/Wall Street summer shuttle, plus additional service on the South Brooklyn Route on weekdays and non-summer weekends. Ferry ticket there must still be booked in advance, but return trips can be purchased in the moment.

New Yorkers will be able to enjoy all the open space, cultural and recreational resources the island has to offer — from public art installations to both down-home food trucks and elevated restaurants to historic monuments — and we can’t wait to see what programming and activities they bring in for the cold winter months. Maybe the ice skating rink will make a return?!

Currently, the island is open 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

See also: 15 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Governors Island

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