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Governors Island is a former military outpost—it played a role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and the Coast Guard used it until the mid-1990s. Today the 172-acre island has blossomed into a recreational oasis just off the Lower Manhattan shore. A free seven-minute ferry ride brings fun-seekers to an idyllic setting where they can cycle (with their own wheels or a rented pair from Bike and Roll), picnic with a great view or enjoy free programming including art exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. The Hills, a topographic installation on the island, comprises four mounds; each offers incredible views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, much of the island's military architecture lives on as the Governors Island National Monument. Visit govisland.com for more information.


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Governors Island
New York, NY 10004
  212-440-2202
  Hours: 7 days/week, 10am–7pm. May 23–Sept 27

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Now – Aug 9, 2019

The island stays open late for free Friday night screenings.

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Now – Aug 25

A nostalgic 1920s party with live music and colorful costumes.



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Happening Here

Jul
12
Film & TV · Events
Now – Aug 9, 2019

The island stays open late for free Friday night screenings.

Aug
24
Festivals & Parades · Events
Now – Aug 25

A nostalgic 1920s party with live music and colorful costumes.

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Come aboard the glass-enclosed, European-style Bateaux New York for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Float along the Hudson and take in amazing views with narration by our pianist of notable New York City sights like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. You’ll enjoy a delicious, three-course plated lunch and live music from an onboard pianist during your cruise. It’s the most sophisticated, special way to see the best of NYC from the water.

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Take some time to relax and cruise around New York Harbor, see all the sights including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and spectacular views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline.

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