Cook Out NYC!

Happy Independence Day! We hope you’re having a blast! The 4th of July is commonly associated with good company, cold beer, and delicious barbecue! Unfortunately, grilling in New York is anything but easy for most. Feel like you’re missing out? Don’t worry! Cook Out NYC is coming back to Governors Island this Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm! The “ultimate outdoor cooking and country fair event” features more than 20 BBQ and grilling stations, Mama O’s Super Spicy Kimichi- Eating Contest, a hot dog competition and so much more. The event does require tickets, available at! If not sold out, tickets may also be available at the door!

An image from Cook Out NYC 2011!

If this is not enough to convince you here is a review from last years Cook Out with pictures to make anyone feel hungry:

FDNY Performs Drills in Non Historic Coast Guard Era Buildings on Governors Island

Brick Village, Coast Guard era housing that was built on the southern side of Governors Island in the 1980’s, is the site of FDNY drills this week.

Governors Island is hosting FDNY this week as they perform drills in Brick Village, a group of non-historic, low rise brick structures that housed members of the Coast Guard and were built in the 1980’s. These buildings are not located in the Historic District and are slated for future demolition.

FDNY has run drills on Governors Island in the past. In February of 2008, they tested new high rise firefighting apparatus in non-historic high rise buildings, also located on the southern portion of the Island.

The work they are doing this week will help FDNY more effectively fight residential fires throughout New York City.

GlassLab by the Corning Museum coming to Governors Island!

Photo from the Corning Musuem’s GlassLab’s website.

Beginning June 30, the Corning Museum of Glass will travel to our own Governors Island for an exciting joint venture with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.  Combining graphic design and glass making, partnering artists will explore the use of this unique medium. The Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York boasts over 400,000 visitors per year, and “allows visitors to experience the energy of artists and designers at work.”  Following their partnership with the Cooper Hewitt, the Corning Museum will continue to showcase their work both nationally and internationally. So make sure to come out to the island and get treated to a unique and special look into the glass making process as well as the finished pieces!  For more information on the Corning Museum, please visit this link:

An interview with the curators of “Graphic Design: Now in Production”

The Cooper Hewitt’s exhibit “Graphic Design: Now in Production” is residing in Building 110, much to the delight of the Trust as well as the island’s visitors.  The exhibition features an array of graphic design works including posters, books, magazines, information graphics, and much much more. The curators, Andrew Blauvelt and Ellen Lupton talked to Metropolis and commented on how the exhibit space on Governors Island affected how people might interpret the art saying, “the exhibition appears crowded and urban, much like New York. I think it will be quite different in terms of how people experience it, but the artifacts are the same.” To read the whole interview visit:

Mϋ-Math presents a challenge!

What do Governors Island and Samuel Coleridge have in common?

Think math is only found in the classroom? Come visit the Govenors Galleries for “Mϋ-Math: Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking”, the summer long installation that challenges both adults and children alike to view mathematics with a new perspective. Try your luck with the puzzle above, and explore the installation on the island for 15 more tricky problems. It is sure to be a good, albeit mind altering, time!

This Weekend: Jazz Age Lawn Party, The New York Brain Tumor Walk, Open House at LMCC’s Art Center!

Just a few things you can enjoy this weekend on Governors Island:
  • Micheal Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra are back ready to bring visitors back in time to the 1920’s with live music and dance, instruction in period dances, picnicking, and games. The event does require tickets which are 15$ if bought in advance. Children under 12 are free. Visit for more information and tickets. Come join us either Saturday or Sunday 11-5 for what is going to be a party for the ages.
  • Come out on Saturday for a great walk, a great view and a great cause! It is the 2nd Annual New York Brain Tumor Walk from 7-noon walk and community day which raises money for the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Last year participants raised more than $300,000 and lets look to best that number this year!
  • LMCC’s Art Center located at Building 110 is having an open house on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm where visitors can view the works and performances (in progress) of the 20 visual artists-in-residence
  • Additional to the exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production, the Cooper Hewitt holds workshops on the island for adults and children alike. Coming up this weekend is Pixel Perfect Pictures a program that explores the concept of pixels and how they come together to make an image. Families and children are welcome to come Saturday and Sunday 11-12:30pm & 2-3:30pm to take part in designing an image with nothing but sticky dots!

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