Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Governor's Island

As I mentioned before, I visited Governor's Island last weekend and it was lots of fun. It's only a 7 minute free ferry ride from lower Manhattan and offers some gorgeous views of the City. There's lots to do, including renting bikes and taking a ride around the island. You can even rent a bike for a group!

I read this description in an exhibit in one of the buildings on the Island: "Governor's Island, situated at the intersection of the East River and the Hudson River between Brooklyn's Red Hook and the tip of Manhattan's Battery, is an unexpected twilight zone, 172 acres of public land on which only a few have ever set foot. For the most photographed city in the world, one that we locate through its images and films, it is remarkable how unfamiliar Governor's Island remains to the inhabitants of New York. That will change soon as the Island, once the exclusive domain of the U.S. Coast Guard personnel and their families will open to the public for the first time in over a century."

6 comments:

DaveM said...

Looks a good fun place to visit. I was reading somewhere that some of the best views of NY are from the ferries, and some of them are free. Knowing me I would be on them all the time.

Olivier said...

j'ai jamais mis les pieds sur governor's island, mais la vue depuis cette île doit être superbe.

I have never set foot on island's governor, but the view from this island should be superb.

Wanda said...

Since I have been visiting your blog...I feel like I've visited NY.

Thanks Lori ~~~ I can take a lot more.

Ming the Merciless said...

Wow, I've been meaning to go there but haven't had the chance.

Love the photo!

marley said...

What a top tip for something different to the normal touristy haunts. It sounds like the place to visit :)

Blue Wave 707 said...

That group bike looks like something out of the Flintstones ... and no one gets a free ride ... everyone peddles.