Explore Nolan Park with a Scavenger Hunt!

Did you know that there are over ten different exhibitions and programs in the  Nolan Park houses?

You could visit the summer exhibition of the  Sculptures Guild, the unique hand made items at Brooklyn Artery and at Better Than Jam’s summer pop-up shop, or get a front row seat to Third Rail Project’s dance process during an open studio.

So to help you explore we created a scavenger hunt! This Saturday, come visit the many programs in Nolan Park through the first ever “Explore Nolan” Scavenger Hunt! Answer clues about nearly a dozen exhibits to complete the Explore Nolan clue sheet. The first to complete all 10 questions and take a selfie in Nolan Park will win prizes, many donated by the organizations with exhibitions in the park.

 

The yellow houses of Nolan Park are home to a variety of programs and exhibitions this summer. Image courtesy of the Trust.

The yellow houses of Nolan Park are home to a variety of programs and exhibitions this summer. Image courtesy of the Trust.

 How to play? 

The “Explore Nolan” scavenger hunt will occur between 1 PM  – 5 PM on Saturday. You can download the scavenger’s guide and map  in advance or pick up a sheet at the Governors Island Alliance (GIA) welcome tables at Soissons Landing or Yankee Pier. When you have completed all 10 questions and taken a photo of yourself in Nolan Park, submit your sheet to the judges at the Soissons Landing table. Prizes will be given out to the first to finish in several categories: teams, individuals, and children (under 12).

Teams will win a surrey ride from Blazing Saddles. Image credit: Claire Gorayeb

Teams will win a surrey ride from Blazing Saddles. Image credit: Claire Gorayeb

The Prizes

The prizes have been donated from many of the programs in Nolan Park and from vendors on the Island. Some of the things you can win:  Blazing Saddles surrey rides, blue marble ice cream, exhibition books from the Sculptures guild, tickets to a future Third Rail Performance and more. Follow our twitter to learn about all the prizes as we release them over the next few days.

The Exhibits 

Exhibits in Nolan Park are a part of the Island’s OpenHouseGI program, which offers free space to arts and cultural groups presenting free work to the public. Nearly a dozen houses are open to the public with a diverse array of exhibitions featuring sculpture, photography historic costumes, and art and photos that help visitors learn about the Civil War. Learn more about current and future programs below.

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The Sculptures Guild outdoor installation. See more inside. Image courtesy of The Trust.

Capa in Color and a preview of Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis (Presented by the International Center of Photography). Thursdays through Sundays from 11:30AM – 5:30PM. House 4A. View a captivating selection of  color photographs by Robert Capa and preview the upcoming ICP exhibition “Sebastião Salgado: Genesis.”

Parallax (Presented by the Holocenter). Weekends from 12PM – 6PM. House 4B. See puzzling and tantalizing works of holographic artistry plus glasses-free 3-D photography. 

Surprise House. August 16th – September 14th. House 6B. Embrace the uncertain & engineer the unexpected – play, connect, and explore the unknown in this mysterious house designed by Surprise Industries. 

Envision the Dream – Artwork by Seniors. September 5th – 21st from 10AM – 6PM. House 10A.  Eleven senior artists exhibit work in group and solo exhibitions. Because the art world tends to focus on new and upcoming artists or established artists, often mid-career senior artists find themselves overlooked by the mainstream media. This exhibition will draw attention and recognition to a diverse group of talented senior artists working in both traditional and non-traditional styles.   

Brooklyn ARTery. Weekends from 10AM-5PM. Workshop on Saturdays from 2PM – 4PM. House 10B. Stop by for beautiful handbags, jewelry, artisanal food, housewares, scarves, beauty products and more! Also featuring The ARTery Gallery – a rotating exhibit of professional artists.

Free Art Island Outpost (Presented by the Children’s Museum of the Arts). Weekends from 10AM – 5PM. Houses 11 & 14. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!

Better than Jam. Fridays & Mondays from 11AM – 5PM. Weekends from 10AM – 6PM. House 16. The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York City’s most talented designers, artists and crafters. With the help of the Etsy New York Street Team, the shop will also host family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays from 2PM – 4PM to show and teach visitors some of their skills

House 17 (Presented by Third Rail Projects). Open Studios: 8/2, 8/22, 9/13, from 1PM – 5PM; 9/16, 9/17, from 10AM-12PM; Workshops: 7/23, 8/2, from 1PM – 5PM; Invited Showing: 9/18 through 9/21, from 12PM – 6PM. House 17. Third Rail Projects will host open outdoor rehearsals, open studios, public workshops, and performances throughout the summer based on a mobile, site-specific dance/theater work for 6 performers and a 1970’s Coleman pop-up camper

 

Don't miss the whimsical and energetic performances of "Roadside Attraction." Image courtesy of Third Rail Projects.

This weekend Third Rail Project’s is opening up their creative process to the public in an open studio. Visit them in house 17. Image courtesy of Third Rail Projects.

The Civil War & NYC (Presented by the New York Historical Society). Weekends from 10AM – 6:30PM. House 18.  The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. Using photographs, newspapers, and works of art, Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced view of the Civil War showing multiple perspectives and many surprises.   

TransFORMation (Presented by the Sculptor’s Guild). Fridays through Sundays from 11AM – 5PM. House 19.  This exhibition encompasses six separately themed shows as well as outdoor work.    

Just one of the many captivating outfits from the "Tattered & Torn" exhibit.

These historic clothing come from museums around the world. Presented in “Tattered and Torn” you will see beautiful clothing that has seen the test of time. Image courtesy of the Trust

Tattered & Torn: Part 2 (Presented by Empire Historic Arts District). Weekends from 11AM – 6PM. House 20A.  The exhibit features less-than-pristine costumes from museum collections. Although the condition of the garments is too poor for them to be displayed in museums, the Empire Historic Arts Fund believes they remain a resource for those interested in 19th century fashion design.  

Mu-Math: Mobile Math Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking (Presented by Living Better Through Mathematics). Weekends 11AM – 5PM. House 20B. Featuring a dozen different mathematics investigations ranging from algebra to topology, the exhibit is appropriate for the math curious beginning with age 7 and ending with those who consider themselves “ageless.”

 

Explore Nolan Park

There are tons of fun and free activities for the whole family on Governors Island this summer – especially in Nolan Park.

Take a look at the historic 19th century officers’ homes in Nolan Park, all painted yellow. Image courtesy of The Trust.

The park is a remnant of the 19th century, lined by charming yellow houses that were once home to military officers. These homes now serve another purpose – every summer arts and cultural organizations turn the Nolan Park houses into exhibits, shops, and activity spaces.

Stop by building 4A and you’ll be surrounded by the masterful photography of Robert Capa; head over to building 18 to experience NYC during the Civil War; and if you find yourself in building 10B, you’ll be privy to an array of one-of-a-kind, hand-made crafts by Brooklyn ARTery. A full listing of summer programs in Nolan Park can be found at the end of this post!

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Visit the “Capa in Color” exhibit to see what everyone’s looking at! Image courtesy of ICP.

Nolan Park is also a wonderful spot to relax in the shade of an elm tree, set up a picnic, or enjoy a walk along crisscrossing brick pathways. The south end of the park is especially scenic – there you can find the Chapel of Saint Cornelius, another exhibition center that houses some of the most spectacular performances on Governors Island!

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St. Cornelius Chapel in Nolan Park. Image courtesy of The Trust.

What to do in Nolan Park:

- Enjoy the Park! While there are many exciting events offered in the houses of Nolan Park, the Park itself is a tranquil area full of century-old trees that offer great shade. Make time for a picnic, relax on a bench to do some people watching, or just go for a leisurely stroll.

Take a walk through Nolan Park and be surrounded by  the charms of 19th century New York.

Take a walk through Nolan Park and be surrounded by the charms of 19th century New York. Image courtesy of The Trust.

Capa in Color and a preview of Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis (Presented by the International Center of Photography). Thursdays through Sundays from 11:30AM – 5:30PM. House 4A. View a captivating selection of  color photographs by Robert Capa and preview the upcoming ICP exhibition “Sebastião Salgado: Genesis.”

Parallax (Presented by the Holocenter). Weekends from 12PM – 6PM. House 4B. See puzzling and tantalizing works of holographic artistry plus glasses-free 3-D photography. 

Surprise House. August 16th – September 14th. House 6B. Embrace the uncertain & engineer the unexpected – play, connect, and explore the unknown in this mysterious house designed by Surprise Industries. 

Envision the Dream – Artwork by Seniors. September 5th – 21st from 10AM – 6PM. House 10A.  Eleven senior artists exhibit work in group and solo exhibitions. Because the art world tends to focus on new and upcoming artists or established artists, often mid-career senior artists find themselves overlooked by the mainstream media. This exhibition will draw attention and recognition to a diverse group of talented senior artists working in both traditional and non-traditional styles.   

See captivating artwork such as this at the "Envision the Dream" exhibit. Image courtesy of New Century Artists, Inc.

See captivating artwork such as this at the “Envision the Dream” exhibit. Image courtesy of New Century Artists, Inc.

Brooklyn ARTery. Weekends from 10AM-5PM. Workshop on Saturdays from 2PM – 4PM. House 10B. Stop by for beautiful handbags, jewelry, artisanal food, housewares, scarves, beauty products and more! Also featuring The ARTery Gallery – a rotating exhibit of professional artists.

Free Art Island Outpost (Presented by the Children’s Museum of the Arts). Weekends from 10AM – 5PM. Houses 11 & 14. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!

Better than Jam. Fridays & Mondays from 11AM – 5PM. Weekends from 10AM – 6PM. House 16. The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York City’s most talented designers, artists and crafters. With the help of the Etsy New York Street Team, the shop will also host family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays from 2PM – 4PM to show and teach visitors some of their skills

Roadside Attraction (Presented by Third Rail Projects). Open Studios: 8/2, 8/22, 9/13, from 1PM – 5PM; 9/16, 9/17, from 10AM-12PM; Workshops: 7/23, 8/2, from 1PM – 5PM; Invited Showing: 9/18 through 9/21, from 12PM – 6PM. House 17. Third Rail Projects will host open outdoor rehearsals, open studios, public workshops, and performances throughout the summer based on a mobile, site-specific dance/theater work for 6 performers and a 1970’s Coleman pop-up camper

 

Don't miss the whimsical and energetic performances of "Roadside Attraction." Image courtesy of Third Rail Projects.

Don’t miss the whimsical and energetic performances of “Roadside Attraction.” Image courtesy of Third Rail Projects.

The Civil War & NYC (Presented by the New York Historical Society). Weekends from 10AM – 6:30PM. House 18.  The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. Using photographs, newspapers, and works of art, Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced view of the Civil War showing multiple perspectives and many surprises.   

TransFORMation (Presented by the Sculptor’s Guild). Fridays through Sundays from 11AM – 5PM. House 19.  This exhibition encompasses six separately themed shows as well as outdoor work.    

Tattered & Torn: Part 2 (Presented by Empire Historic Arts District). Weekends from 11AM – 6PM. House 20A.  The exhibit features less-than-pristine costumes from museum collections. Although the condition of the garments is too poor for them to be displayed in museums, the Empire Historic Arts Fund believes they remain a resource for those interested in 19th century fashion design.  

Just one of the many captivating outfits from the "Tattered & Torn" exhibit.

Just one of the many captivating outfits from the “Tattered & Torn” exhibit. Image Courtesy of Art Observer.

Mu-Math: Mobile Math Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking (Presented by Living Better Through Mathematics). Weekends 11AM – 5PM. House 20B. Featuring a dozen different mathematics investigations ranging from algebra to topology, the exhibit is appropriate for the math curious beginning with age 7 and ending with those who consider themselves “ageless.”


For a detailed listing on all the exhibits both in Nolan Park and throughout the Island this summer, visit http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/calendar.shtml!

City of Water Day on Governors Island

85 degrees! Not to worry.
This weekend is City of Water Day, presented by the Manhattan Waterfront Alliance. Now in its 7th year, City of Water Day celebrates New York’s waterfront and offers many opportunities for New Yorkers to stay cool and enjoy access to the water.

There will be lots of opportunities to Kayak close to Pier 101 on Governors Island. Image courtesy of MWA

There will be lots of opportunities to Kayak close to Pier 101 on Governors Island. Image courtesy of MWA

 

City of Water Day events happen all across the City. Governors Island will be hosting the main festivities once again, along with Maxwell Park Place in Hoboken, New Jersey. A special free ferry will be running between Governors Island and Hoboken all day. Regularly scheduled ferries will also run to Governors Island from Brooklyn and Manhattan as they do every weekend.

See what events are happening in your neighborhood.

Fun and Free Activities 

Find exciting events all across the Island this weekend.

The defending champions of the Cardboard Kayak race.

The defending champions of the Cardboard Kayak race.

 

The Children’s Fair is back with plenty of creative and educational activities. Build a pirate boat with the ‘pirate certified’ arts group Pirate Fiesta . Get your face painted with Kittymeow Kreations and then learn about sustainability with Solar One. 

Take to the open water with Free Kayaks at pier 101, courtesy of Downtown Boathouse. The pier will also serve as a landing dock for anyone who would like to Kayak to Governors Island.

If you feel safer on dry land, sit back and watch the Cardboard Kayak Race 20 teams will put their boat building skills to the test, building a kayak out of sheet metal and cardboard. The teams will race around Governors Island. According to the rules, “boats that disintegrate mid-race will be disqualified.”

Other events happening on Governors Island can be found here, and include the World Cup finals and the second performance of the Rite of Summer festival.

Dance on Governors Island!

Governors Island is hosting more dance than ever before! There are nearly a dozen dance events happening this summer, and all are free.

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Coming up soon is Baila Baila, a renowned dance academy that has performed all over to the world. They have traveled to New York from Albuquerque, New Mexico to perform traditional Mexican Folk Dance TODAY at 1 pm in Nolan Park!

River to River projects also begin today. One such performance on the Island is Eiko’s Two Women on June 20. Eiko experiments to create and present a duet with Japanese dancer Tomoe Aihara. Two Women is an experimental performance that focuses on age difference and explores how two bodies sometimes mirror each other in parts or collide into one.

The Island is definitely an inspiring place to play and move, and many of these dance events are site-specific. Project LIMB will also be in Colonels Row this July presenting site-specific dance that enlivens our relationship with the world around us. Third Rail Projects is inviting the public to have a window into the creative process of their touring project Roadside Attraction, a mobile dance/theater work. They’ll be dancing on tables outside a 1970’s Coleman pop-up camper in Nolan Park outside Building 17.  Check out one of their open rehearsals today from noon to 5pm!

“More New Yorkers than ever before can now enjoy dance while visiting Governors Island,” said Lane Harwell, Executive Director of Dance NYC. “The Island’s history, culture and spirit provide a wonderful opportunity to interpret and bring their art to entirely new audiences.”

We hope to see you there!

Photo: Zvi Dance, New York Times

Great First Weekend on Governors Island

Thank you to the 28K visitors who came out to the opening weekend on Governors Island!

The very first visitor in the new park was a little girl on a blue bike. Image courtesy of the Trust.

The very first visitor in the new park was a little girl on a blue bike. Image courtesy of The Trust.

Rain clouds gathered Saturday, but the incredible weather on Sunday and Monday more than made up for it. Visitors enjoyed the new 30 acres of park for the first time and found many places to relax in Hammock Grove.

Laying in a hammock is one of the great pleasures of life. Image courtesy of West8.

Laying in a hammock is one of the great pleasures of life. Image courtesy of West8.

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend!

Family Festival

The Governors Island Alliance's Family Festival was action packed with crafts and bouncy castles. Image courtesy of the Trust.

The Governors Island Alliance’s Family Festival was action packed with crafts and bouncy castles. Image courtesy of The Trust.

 

Bike Rentals

Blazing Saddles rented lots and lots of bikes! Last weekend Surreys were very popular.  Remember, you can rent a bike for free during Free Bike Mornings, 10AM - noon, Monday-Friday. Image courtesy of The Trust.

Blazing Saddles rented lots of bikes! Last weekend surreys were particular popular. Remember, you can rent a bike for free during Free Bike Mornings, 10AM – noon, Monday-Friday. Image courtesy of The Trust.

 

 Food Vendors

Visitors last weekend had their pick of delicious food. So many people were looking for ice cream that Mister Softee ran out of ice cream Sunday afternoon. Don’t worry, the trust was restocked quickly. Read about the food options for this weekend here.  Image courtesy of the Trust.

Visitors last weekend had their pick of delicious food. This delectable Hot Dog is courtesy of Little Eva’s. Learn about this weekend’s food options here.  Image courtesy of the Trust.

 

This weekend there is more great events and activities on Governors Island. On Saturday, Dawn of Midi will be performing in Colonels Row as the first performance of the Rite of Summer Music Festival. The rest of the programs can be seen here.

Governors Island Public Season Is Around the Corner

We are shaking in our flip flops!

 

Delicious ice cream. Image courtesy of Glenwoodnyc.com.

Blue Marble Ice Cream back on Governors Island. Image courtesy of Glenwoodnyc.com.

Governors Island opens next week, with 30 acres of park, delicious food, and many great events. For the first time, visitors will be able to join us seven days a week on the Island. Our summer events calender is on view here  and you can take a sneak peak at some of the food options for the summer. Below are some of the great events to look forward to next weekend and into June.

 

The Opening Day Family Festival: Saturday, May 24, noon -4 PM
The Governors Island Alliance’s Family Festival is back again this year! There will be live musical performances by Astrograss, The Maybelles, Arm of the Sea Theater, and Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, as well as lots of arts and crafts activities happening all day. Oh, and did I mention a bouncy castle? 

The Governors Island Alliance Family Festival. Image courtesy of The Trust.

The Governors Island Alliance Family Festival. Image courtesy of The Trust.

 FIGMENT NYC: Saturday & Sunday , June 7 – 8, 10 AM  to 6 PM
FIGMENT NYC, the free, inclusive, participatory arts festival is back on Governors Island. Explore the entire Island to discover sculptures, art installations, mini-golf, music, and much more. The Figment City of Dreams Pavilion, created by CDR Studio and funded through Kickstarter, is also being built!

CDR Studios, City of Dreams Install. Image courtesy of The Trust.

CDR Studio’s City of Dreams Pavilion install. Image courtesy of The Trust.

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15,  11 AM to 5 PM 
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra are bringing the incredible Jazz Age Lawn Party back to Governors Island. Held in Colonels Row, a dream of the 1920s where you can’t help but wear a pork pie hat,  the Jazz Age Lawn Party will feature live music, dance performances, dance instruction, and a wide variety of 1920’s inspired refreshments and food.  

The Jazz Age Lawn Party in Colonels Row. Image courtesy of Jeff Liao

The Jazz Age Lawn Party in Colonels Row. Image courtesy of Jeff Liao

Many other events will be held as well! View them all here.

Public Art, Oh My!

A visit to Governors Island this summer will offer up a healthy dose of new public art! The Trust announced  that works by Mark Handforth and Susan Philipsz, the two inaugural artists of the new Governors Island public art program Art CommissionsGI, will be on view to the public beginning on May 24th.

Leslie Koch, President of the Trust, said of the new program, “Art CommissionsGI builds on the Island’s reputation as a place that welcomes all forms of artistic expression to be enjoyed by New Yorkers.” Art CommisionsGI, curated by Tom Eccles the Executive Director of Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, aims to select artists whose work respond to the Island’s unique vantage point on the Harbor and Statue of Liberty, its landmark and newly designed landscapes, its chapters of history and its nascent democratic culture.

"Painted Phone" by Mark Handforth. Image courtesy of the Trust.

“Painted Phone” by Mark Handforth. Image courtesy of the Trust.

 

Mark Handforth’s playful exhibition, titled “Sidewalk Island”, beautifully situates the artists work in the landscape of Governors Island and its new park and public spaces. Handforth’s trademark manipulation and distortion of street-level and everyday items are seen in the four totem-like works he created for Governors Island.

 “Painted Phone,” the focal point of the exhibition, is placed at the entrance of the 30 acres of new park.  A thirty feet tall bronze tree with lopped off limbs cradles a blue phone in the v-shape of its branches, as if casually holding a cigar in its fingers. The anthropomorphic phone mimics the regalness and verticality of Lady Liberty in the distance, while the vivid blue of the phone blends into the skies above.

"Saffron Star" by Mark Handforth. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of the Trust.

“Saffron Star” by Mark Handforth. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of the Trust.

 

Susan Philipsz looks to the military history of Governors Island for inspiration. Her piece titled, “Day is Done,” is a large-scale instrumental ‘call and response’ sound installation that spans the new park at Liggett Terrace and Yankee Pier. The work takes the four notes that make up the military bugle call Taps  and seperates them into two groups of four speakers located in Liggett Terrace and Yankee Pier. The speakers call out to each other across the Island and become recognizable depending on where the listener stands.

The work is played every day at 6pm. Setting the work against the evening is both a reminder that ‘day is done’ and that it’s time to leave, but also adds an element of melancholy to the work as it can be experienced both on the Island and from the ferry leaving the Island behind.

Rachel Whiteread Visits Governors Island and The Hills

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Artist Rachel Whiteread and team visit Discovery Hill on Governors Island, with Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor in the background. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Governors Island.

Recently, The Trust welcomed Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread for a chilly but exhilarating site visit to Governors Island. We were joined by consulting curator Tom Eccles and his team at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, landscape architects from West 8, and representatives from Rachel’s studio in London and her gallery Luhring Augustine,  here in New York. Why such a crowd? Construction of The Hills, one of which will be the site of a public art installation by Rachel Whiteread, are far enough along to enable the artist to better visualize how her piece will respond to its one-of-a-kind location in the middle of the New York Harbor with spectacular views and a unique maritime climate. Though the lush plantings, paths, and some of the adjacent public spaces will not be complete for another year, the artist’s creative process must begin now in order to dovetail with the complex engineering and construction schedule that the Hills require.

Rachel Whiteread is the second artist that will be featured on Governors Island as part of the newly established  Governors Island Public Art Commissioning Program. The first artist commissioned by the program, Mark Handforth, currently has four sculptures on Governors Island that will be on view to the public this summer.

A Sound Test with Susan Philipsz

Above, Susan Philipsz is listening near and far during a sound test of her piece “Day is Done.” The piece is the first permanent public art commission for Governors Island. The sound test coincided with the opening of MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art, which features Susan Philipsz’s work, among other artists. You can read a great article in the New York Times about her work on Governors Island, the MoMA exhibition, and sound art more broadly, here.

This Weekend on Governors Island: New York Poetry Festival, NYSCI Designing for Flight, Construction Tours, and More!

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

This weekend (July 27-28) features a diverse array of offerings on Governors Island to satisfy even the most artistic, inventive, and curious minds!  

We are excited to welcome back The Poetry Society of New York for the third annual New York Poetry Festival!  This two-day celebration of NYC’s vibrant poetry community includes over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets across three stages in historic Colonel’s Row. Visitors will be able to enjoy healthy and delicious food options, a beer garden, the Children’s Festival, and the Poetry Brothel  from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, it’s about to get scientific at Designing for Flight, an exhibit presented by the New York Hall of Science exploring some of the design and science involved in common and exciting forms of flight.  From 12pm to 4pm the Parade Ground becomes the Design Zone.  Bring your own kite (BYOK), enjoy demos by NYSCI Explainers, and experiment with making flying machines at this fun and informative event.

With so much happening on Governors Island, it’s hard to believe that even greater things are planned for the future.  This weekend’s offerings also include two opportunities at a fist-hand glimpse into the ongoing transformation of Governors Island with a Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Tour.  Come by Liggett Arch on July 27th at 11:30am andJuly 28th at 3pm to walk through the construction site of the 30 acres of new park and public spaces at the center of the Island. Children age 7 and above welcome. All attendees must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Other Events This Weekend Include:

  • Fête Paradiso, 10:30am to 6:30pm, Nolan Park: For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!
  • Bike New York Classes, Sunday, 11am to 1pm, Buoy Parking Lot: Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. Visit online for details and free pre-registration.
  • Vintage Baseball, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm, Parade Ground: See baseball played as it was at the turn of the last century! Visit the Parade Ground and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!
  • The Skate Truck NYC, 11am to 6pm, Buoy Parking Lot: The Skate Truck NYC provides roller-skating equipment, helmets and safety equipment to skaters of any age. Skate for fun. Skate for health. Skate for life!
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm, Nolan Park: Come to Nolan Park for the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Free Art Island Outpost.
  • Pop-up Library & Outdoor Reading Room, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 6pm: Settle in with a good book at the pop-up library and outdoor reading room presented by the Brooklyn, Queens and NY public libraries.
  • FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 5:30pm, Parade Ground: All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse in the the Parade Grounds.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11am-5pm, Building 110: LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to Building 110′s Gallery and their studios. Discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer. LMCC is also the lead presenter of the River to River Festival, a four- week, multidisciplinary arts festival throughout Lower Manhattan.
  • Better Than Jam Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16: The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park. This weekend, the crafting gets creative with card making and stamping with S2 Stationery on the Island!

Get the full list of Governors Island exhibits and programs on our website. Looking forward to seeing you on the Island!

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