Governors Island

A piece of NYC history a short scenic ferry trip away

by Eilene Evans, BPG Reporter

Have you taken a ferry across the East or Hudson Rivers lately?  You may have gone to Staten Island or the Statue of Liberty. Recently, we discovered that Governors Island is a very short ferry ride from Brooklyn and Manhattan.  It is free and available on weekends during the summer months.  The views of the city skyline, the harbor and the Statue of Liberty from the ferry and the island are magnificent.

On the island, food courts and outdoor cafes provide a variety of ethnic foods as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks of all kinds.  There is entertainment for children and adults alike.  The weekend of August 17th, a Jazz festival highlighting the “Great Gatsby” era was presented.  Most of the young (and not so young) adults were dressed as flappers.

Family size bicycle vehicles are available for getting around the island but walking paths are accessible to wheelchairs and walkers as are most of the buildings.  Ferry personnel and the employees responsible for the waiting areas are friendly to seniors and those with disabilities but there is really no designated area.  There are lots of baby carriages and bikes competing for space but it is doable.

For more information, click the picture below to visit the Governors Island website.

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