Thank you to all the wonderful programming organizations and visitors that made the 2014 Public Season on Governors Island so special. We were open seven days a week, and we had more visitors and more events on the Island than ever before.
It is hard to believe that the Island closed already one month ago. In the meantime, the leaves have begun to change and New York City has fully embraced fall. On a day like today though, it is hard not to think of all the great times we had this summer.
Here is a look at some of our favorite summer moments. Share your favorites in the comments below!
Opening of the New Ball Fields on the South Island!
The little league team gets ready for the game. Image courtesy of the Trust.
At the southern end of the 30 acres of new park and public space opened to the public this year are two grass ball fields overlooked by the Statue of Liberty. The fields hosted pick-up soccer games, adult softball, and many little leagues all summer long. Did you have a chance to test them out?
Jazz Age Lawn Party
The Jazz Age Lawn Party came dressed to impress. Image courtesy of Driely S – drielys.com.
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra blew us away twice this summer. The Jazz Age Lawn Party, so perfectly placed among the early 1900’s houses in Colonels Row, brought some of the best dressed New Yorkers to Governors Island this summer. It was so good, even Vogue Brazil’s covered it!
FIFA 2014 World Cup
Spontaneous Intervention created an official viewing area for the FIFA 2014 World Cup on Governors Island. Image courtesy of Spontaneous Interventions.
For many, this summer was all about the World Cup. Thanks to Spontaneous Interventions, Governors Island was an official viewing area of the games. The US heart pounding games brought several thousand fans to the Island. We made it out of the group stages this time, and in 2018 I believe that we will win!
The AIDS Memorial Quilt
A part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt was exhibited on Governors Island. Image courtesy of the Trust.
For the first time in more than 10 years, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on view in NYC on Governors Island. The Aids Memorial Quilt is a memorial to those who have died of AIDS. Today, it is made up of more that 48,000 3 by 6 foot panels that each memorialize the name of someone who has died of AIDS. The quilt was first begun in 1987 by a group in San Francisco, and today the project is continued by The Names Project Foundation.
The NYC Unicycle Festival
The Unicycle Festival was back on Governors Island this summer. Image courtesy of the Unicycle Festival.
What is more fun than riding a bike around Governors Island? Riding a unicycle! The NYC Unicycle Festival came to the Island in August, bringing with them unicycle basketball, unicycle piñatas, and workshops to teach newcomers how to ride unicycles.
Governors Island Art Fair
The Governors Island Art Fair showcased work by 100 artists in Colonels Row. Artwork by Chaney Trotter, image courtesy of Hyperallergic.com
The 4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair was back on Governors Island this year during weekends in September. 100 artists transformed the houses in Colonels Row with innovative sculpture, paintings, video, sound installations, and other installation works. See more images of the fair at Hyperallergic.com.
We look forward to welcoming you all again next May! Until then, keep in touch with what is happening on Governors Island on our blog or head to our Facebook and Twitter pages!
If you are looking for more amazing photographs of Governors Island, head to our summer Tumblr page #yourgovisland.
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