History, Lawn Games and Concerts All Weekend Long

Army Heritage Day features historic reenactments and living history programs.
This weekend features something for everyone on Governors Island. On Saturday, visitors can celebrate Army Heritage Day with the National Park Service, play badminton with RECESS in Colonels Row and then, for those who have tickets, head to the Governors Ball music festival on the South Island Fields.

RECESS comes to the Island tomorrow with badminton!

If you didn’t get your fix of music on the Island on Saturday, you can come back on Sunday for Make Music New York’s Punk Island. Punk Island will feature stages around the Island (except at Picnic Point) with performances throughout the day. 
And all of this is in addition to all of the outdoor and indoor art exhibits, FIGMENT’s miniature golf course, car-free biking and programs with the National Park Service.  

Record Breaking Day

Thousands of visitors watched polo on the South Island fields on Sunday.

Governors Island had a record breaking day on Sunday, when nearly 18,000 visitors came to the Island. Many of our visitors came dressed in their best seersucker and fabulous hats to watch the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. These visitors made Sunday the biggest public access day ever for the Island, and the number of visitors over the course of the day even surpassed the number of those going to the Statue of Liberty!

Visitors enjoyed food and drink at the match, as well as some pre-polo entertainment. Here, visitors play petanque.
And if you missed coming out to the Island this past weekend, there are still 16 more weekends in the season to experience all there is to do on the Island. Next weekend…FIGMENT!

Opening Weekend

Some of the Island's first visitors tried out FIGMENT's miniature golf course.

Governors Island welcomed tens of thousands of visitors this past weekend. Visitors picnicked next to sculptures that were a part of Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by the Storm King Art Center, played a few rounds of mini golf on FIGMENT’s “Bugs” course, had a beer at Brewers’ Pic-NYC, saw free art exhibitions in historic buildings, grabbed a free bike on Free Bike Fridays and enjoyed some of the best views in New York City.

Whether you were lucky enough to enjoy the great weather on the Island over the past few days or if you haven’t yet come out, we hope you will come back this weekend for the World Science Festival and the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Governors Island Heads Back to the Roaring ’20s

The Jazz Age Lawn party again brought wonderful music and dancing to Governors Island (photo by Gabi Porter at newyork.metromix.com)

This past weekend, Governors Island headed back in time to the 1920’s with flappers, bathing beauties and great jazz music from Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra

The Jazz Age Lawn Party has been a fixture on the Island for the past several years and has drawn thousands to listen to the great music, learn the Charleston or take part in the bathing beauties parade or the pie recipe contest.  

Click here to see more pictures of the Lawn Party on the Island.

More Than 12,000 Visitors Come to See Polo on Governors Island

Prince Harry and Polo Star Nacho Figueras played to a crowd of more than 12,000 this weekend at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island (photo by Claire Agre)

Governors Island was once again home to polo this past Sunday when more than 12,000 visitors came to the Island to see the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Thousands of visitors donned hats, dresses and seer sucker suits and braved a warm day to see Prince Harry’s Black Rock team play Nacho Figueras’ Black Watch Team. The match was tied and went into overtime when Black Watch scored the winning goal to capture the game.

Many Governors Island visitors made a day out of the polo match by dressing up and picnicking next to the polo field

 It was wonderful to see thousands of people on Governors Island enjoying polo in such a unique setting.

FIGMENT Helps Transforms Governors Island into an Island of Art

FIGMENT art installations and performances were all around Governors Island last weekend.

FIGMENT took over Governors Island last weekend, and more than 20,000 visitors came to the Island over the course of the weekend to see all that was going on here. 

Art was everywhere — there were performances and bands in Colonels Row, interactive art in Nolan Park for kids and adults of all ages, the Living Pavilion on the Parade Ground and of course artist designed miniature golf and an interactive sculpture garden. 

Some of our younger visitors enjoy FIGMENT's artist designed miniature golf course

If you didn’t have a chance to take the free ferry from either Manhattan or Brooklyn this past weekend, don’t despair! You can still enjoy FIGMENT’s 11 hole, artist designed miniature golf course and interactive sculpture garden at Liggett Terrace. Both are up until October so you have plenty more opportunities to experience FIGMENT on the Island.

Goodbye for Now!

Kids on the Governors Island ferry, photo by Marco Repola

At 7pm this past Sunday, the Samuel S. Coursen took its last load of public visitors back to Manhattan. Governors Island is now closed for the 2009 season and will re-open in May of 2010.  We’re always sad to say goodbye, but 2009 was a grand season for Governors Island. The blog will slow down a bit, but we’re not going away. We’re already looking forward to 2010 and beyond, so check back in with us regularly for updates!


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