Beatles, Bocce, and the Surprise House

Head to Governors Island this weekend for lawn bocce, a Vintage VW car show, and the Surprise House, a new installation in Nolan Park.

Recess: Bocce

Recess New York began in 2009 hosting fun recreational sports with a competitive spirit around New York City. Earlier this summer, Recess NY came to Governors Island brandishing badminton rackets and birdies.

They are back today with bocce balls on Colonels Row. Take part in some lawn bocce and enjoy the special food vendors Recess NY is bringing with them, including piping hot pizza from Neapolitan Express, delicious snacks from The Chia Co, and a wine and Tiger beer tent.

Join Recess New York for bocce on Governors Island Saturday the 23rd!

Join Recess New York for bocce on Governors Island Saturday the 23rd! Image courtesy of Recess New York.

The Surprise House

Something special is happening in House 7a in Nolan Park. Surprise Industries, a group that specializes in creating surprise, has taken over the historic house and transformed the interior. The group was able to create the installation with the help of their Kickstarter backers. In case you were wondering, you will not find any spoilers here! The exhibition is open weekends and is free to the public. Be ready to be surprised!

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Surprise Industries has transformed a house in Nolan Park with a unique purpose: to surprise the visitor! Image courtesy of the Trust.

 

 The VW Traffic Jam

This Sunday, the annual VW Traffic Jam is back on Governors Island. Proud owners of the vintage VW cars will be displaying their beautiful vehicles along the Liberty Promenade overlooking the Statue of Liberty. Spectators will judge the car show, which features nearly 100 Beatles, buses, dune buggies, and more. Come out tomorrow to picnic, explore Governors Island, and enjoy this free car show.

The VW Traffic Jam is an annual VW car show hosted on Governors Island and is free to attend.

The VW Traffic Jam is an annual VW car show hosted on Governors Island and is free to attend. Image from the 2011 VW Traffic Jam, courtesy of The Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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