Picture Perfect

Governors Island is picture perfect, so we’re encouraging everyone to add their favorite photos to our  “Governors Island Summer 2009” Flickr photo pool. Many visitors have already added some amazing pics! These are some of my personal favorites:

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"to picnic point" by the Adventures of Tintin

Governors Island

"Governors Island" by Barry Yanowitz

Picnic Point

"Picnic Point" by Trish Mayo


New York dads (among others) ferry out to Governors Island

TIis past weekend a gang on nine dads took their children IMG_5894out to Governors Island, and we could not be more please that they have discovered the Island as a great free place to bring their kids and relax. And one of the guys put it: “The moment you ship out, you’re docking. You could hit the island with a rock but you won’t find a place more different from Manhattan.” And he’s right! Though Governors Island is so close to both Manhattan and Brooklyn it couldn’t be more different from either.

This past Friday, Governors Island was also host the a bunch of other visitors. This group of Picnic Point 083women had a blast with their free bikes (Bike and Roll rents bikes for free for one hour every Friday!). They where in the process of traveling around checking out all of the different Creative Time exhibits. They are pictured down on Picnic Point listening to the Susan Philipsz piece. Our maps located around the Island list all of the Creative Time art exhibits on the Island, the food vendors, FIGMENT*’s City of Dreams, and all of the other on-going events on Governors Island. They were just about to jump on their bikes again and head over to mini golf designed by FIGMENT*.Picnic Point 090

This group of people were enjoying our recently added swings. The views are amazing, and visitors has a great time swinging with a view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Jersey City directly in front of them. Every fifteen minutes or so a large Staten Island Ferry passes by, along with barges, sailboats, and all types of sea-fairing vessels. The view was so good that this group below (even though thew are New Yorkers) took a family photo in front of the Statue of Liberty.Picnic Point 106

Come out this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the summer.

(sandpaper paddle table) Tennis, anyone?

UPDATE (06/21/09): THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. Please join us for the next RECESS event on Septmber 26!

Photo taken from http://www.recessnewyork.com/badminton/photos/ Photo Credit: Jason Lewis













August 22nd, Saturday: RECESS Table Tennis Noon to 5PM

RECESS is back this Saturday August 22nd at Colonels Row, this time with a sandpaper paddle table tennis challenge. The game itself is currently going through a renaissance but for the RECESS showdown, we’ve decided to put a little twist on the game, a sandpaper version that will even the playing field and co-ed friendly. As usual, 32 teams from the creative community will be battling their way to the finals, but there will also be open public tables to test your skill at the sport, paddles provided. LeGamin and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream food truck, as well as Function Drinks are back again for food and refreshments to keep everyone hydrated and well fed. While you’re out on the island, take a spin on the highly coveted series of PUMA Biomega bikes and test ride them, we promise its going to change the way you feel about urban transportation!”

Earlier this summer RECESS hosted a massive badminton championship. The photos can be viewed here. It was a huge hit and we are so excited to have them out a second time. If you can’t make this one there will be bocce on September 26th.

Bearing Fruit

The Added Value Farm on Governors Island is really taking off. Though the plants were only recently started, some big changes are taking place. This squash plant has some of the best views in the city. The farm is located in Picnic Point (a recently created eight and a half acre public open space that is the closest point on land to the Statue of Liberty’s face) on the southern end of Governors Island. Added Value produce that is grown on the Island will be sold to Water Taxi Beach’s food and dining facility on the Island, as well as at a farm stand also on the Island.

I hope you come out for yourself to see the wonderful work this great organization is doing on Governors Island.

Experience “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Governors Island

Scene from Pulse Ensemble Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo courtesy of Pulse Ensemble Theater.

Pulse Ensemble Theatre Company is bringing Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Governors Island this weekend. The play will be staged in Colonel’s Row at 2:00 PM on August 15th, 16th, 29th and 30th. The presentation is part of Pulse’s annual commitment to a “summer Shakespeare site-specific outreach project.”

Governors Island is the perfect place for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and we are so excited to have Pulse put on this free show for our visitors. Make sure you get there early so you can find a seat!

Pulse is one of the oldest ensemble theatre companies in New York City, and we are proud to have them out on Governors Island for an afternoon of magic.

African Film Festival and Civil War Weekend

This weekend two festivals will share Governors Island. Both the African Film Festival and Civil War Weekend will be hosting events on the Island.

IMG_1833The African Film Festival’s (AFF) mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of African culture through the moving image. The festival will involve a number of activities and performancessurrounding this theme. Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in Colonels Row. There will be Afro-Brazilian Dance lessons from 12:30 to 1:45, Needle Art from 1:00 to 3:00, short films in Pershing Hall from 2:00-5:00, Senegalese Sabar Dance lessons from 2:30-3:34, storytelling and double dutch from 3:00-4:00 and Guinean Dance from 4:00-5:15. There will also be additional food vendors just for the event. The rain date is for Sunday, August 9th, and the information will be posted on AFF’s website, as well as ours by noon on Friday.

The Civil War Weekend will be having reenactors out on the Island all weekend for some very special programming. There will be cannon demonstrations at various times IMG_1744throughout the afternoon, the Governors Island Music School will be giving performances in the historic district and a special walking tour. Civil War weekend is presented by the National Park Service. Click here for a full schedule of events for Civil War Weekend (pdf).

It should be an incredible weekend and we hope you all will come out to enjoy it with us.

More Bikes!

bikesBike and Roll is bringing more bikes to Governors Island, due to popular demand. The additional 50 bikes brings our fleet up to a solid 250 bicycles for the public to enjoy. If you’re free tomorrow you should hop on a ferry over to the Island and grab a set of wheels–they are free to rent for up to an hour (this happens every week as part of Free Bike Fridays). You can also bring your own bike if you would prefer. There are over 5 miles of car-free biking, and our promenade (which circumnavigates the entire Island) is 2.2 miles long. When you get to the Island with your bike (rented or owned) I would head down the eastern side of the Island. Right as you round the tip of South Battery and Picnic Point, you will have the best view of the Statue of Liberty on the entire Island. And if you’re looking for other bike tours, check out this one.

Bikes are available to rent anytime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bikes cost $10 for one hour, $15 for two hours, and $20 for the day (helmets are included if you’d like one). Bike and Roll also has tandems, surries and child sized bikes.

Come out to Governors Island; there are now 50 more reasons to enjoy the day in New York Harbor.


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