7/22/12 - 5th Annual Governors Island Outing - Singles, Couples & Families Welcome
I am pleased to invite you to our 5th Annual Governor's Island Outing! This year they have opened even more of the island, and you can now walk bike for about 2 miles around the perimeter of the island and see some stunning views of NY Harbor. This event is suitable for all ages, and is great for families. They also have a new guided tour of Castle Williams, the 200 year old fort that has been recently restored. We hope you can come!

Any substantive chance of rain the forecast will cancel the event, but as of now the weather looks to be great for this date - 80s and sunny. If there is any change, I will let folks know.

Governors Island has some of the best real estate in NYC - it was a former coast guard base until a few years ago, and has recently been turned over to NY city and been opened up to public access only in the last few years. It has stunning views of lower manhattan, roller blading and biking opportunities, and tours and walks on the island , including in some of the buildings of the former coast guard base. They also have various music and art festivals during the summer.

Here are some of the things you can do while on the island:

** Free tour of a historic fort, Fort Jay, with a moat! This is a national park and the rangers give tours...11:25, 1:25 & 3:25

** New - Free Tours of the ROOF of Castle Williams - new this year....

** New York Poetry Festival -Come out for this $5 poetry festival for readings and performances by The Poetry Brothel, Cave Canem, Poets House, EARSHOT!, The Inspired Word and much more. For more information visit www.tpsny.org

** Bike Rentals - there are 2 miles of waterfront trails and you can bike around the buildings as well - its very fun!

** Free MIni Golf & Tree House you can tour!

** Various Indoor and Outdoor Art Installations - Corning Glass's Glasslabs, Mark Suvero, Sculpters Guild, ets - see the end for details of all of the existing exhibits on the island this year...

** Stunning views of lower manhattan and the NY harbor.

For all of the details ( including an excellent Mark di Suvero Sculpture exhibit and even more stuff going on please visit the Island's activity page:


Biking info - You can bring your own bike and take it on the ferry or rent one on the island.

Bike rentals cost $15 for 2 hours, and you can bring your own bike on the ferry if you like...there are also kid bikes and other types of bike rentals - see this link for more info


For more details of Governor's Island, visit the island's main website at:


We will be having a picnic, and I will supply some food and nash for the event, but please bring your own lunch! You can buy some food ( ice cream, drinks) on the island...


COST: $5 per person , $10 per couple, $15 per family with up to 4 kids - these are my standard per event fees.

This is our standard, per event fee. These fees go towards general expenses and materials for events, such as the snacks and equipment I am bringing for all to use.

The ferry to the island from Brooklyn and lower manhattan is free!

The fee includes some nash I will bring for lunch, BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!

DATE:  Sunday, July 22

TIME:   10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

RSVP DEADLINE - FRIDAY, JULY 20 - so we can have a sense of the amount of nash to bring -YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP ALSO if you like, but if you are not sure but think you are likely to come, let me know for planning purposes by the RSVP deadline - thanks!

WHERE:  Governors Island

FERRY MEETING LOCATION/MANHATTAN: We will MEET at 10:30 AM at the BATTERY MARITIME BUILDING (10 South St), at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets, right NEXT TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY many know and love. The South Ferry Station is the closest subway stop). We intend to take the 11:00 Ferry, so we ensure that we have space on the boat .

These ferries get popular in summer, so I have found YOU NEED TO COME EARLY, SO WE ARE COMING 30 MINUTES BEFORE OUR FERRY -  otherwise you need to wait for the next one, which is at 11:30. There is a tour of the Island at 11:25, so don't come late or you will miss it!
In order to get to Governor's Island, you need to take a ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn - they are FREE

From MANHATTAN, they leave twice per hour, from 10 AM, then 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM on the top  and bottom of the hour ( 11:00, 11:30, etc), and return more or less on the same schedule.The ferry in manhattan leaves from the Battery Maritime Building

FROM BROOKLYN - Ferries  leave every 20 minutes from  Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street).

Here is the website for the directions to the ferry departure point and ferry times from Manhattan and Brooklyn



If you choose to come later but while I am still there, you can try TEXTING ME  on my cell, 917-531-2202 and see where we are. Let me know your name in the text.  Lunch will probably be 1:00 To 2pm. We will determine the lunch location while on the island - hopefully we will be  in the middle of the island near the fort or on the far side of the island in a shady spot! We will stay until the ferry that leaves to go back at 3:30 PM.

BROOKLYN -  you can also choose to come via the brooklyn ferry and meet us - I would take the same ferry time as we are taking in Manhattan, 11:00 AM  - you will arrive a few moments before us at the Brooklyn dock, which is a 2 minute walk from the main dock area - we will meet at the main building next to the park offices and the bathrooms which is called  Building 110: LMCC's Art Center,  if you get there before us!

Here are some more details...


I intend to take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Manhattan. For those COMING BY CAR, its easy to park in lower manhattan on a Sunday (just no other time during the week!) However, READ THE SIGNS CAREFULLY WHERE YOU PARK, as they do have no parking areas even on Sundays in the lower manhattan area near the ferry.


Stunning views of lower manhattan, biking, roller blading, picnicing, walks,free kayaking and  free tours of the island. I hope to bring some food and a bike over, take a tour and then have lunch with people who come. I will have some nash for all, but you can only take what you can wheel onto a ferry and carry.


LUNCH, water, hat, suntan lotion, good walkings shoes for the urban hike - you may also bring roller blades, a BIKE, a sheet/cloth to sit on, games like bananagrams and frisbees along.

WEATHER - TBD - any significant chance of rain will cancel but as of now, the weather looks to be in the low 80s and sunny, with no chance of rain - we should be fine!

See ya!



Tours of the Island
Guided Walking Tours of the National Monument - 11:25 AM, 1:25 PM and 3:25 PM. Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer and learn about the history of Governors Island's 241 years of military service by exploring our two historic forts, Fort Jay and Castle Williams. Tours meet at the top of the hill at Soissons Dock, near the National Park Service signboard. Tours are 45-60 minutes in length and only take visitors to the exterior of Castle Williams, not the inside or courtyard. No reservations are required.

Guided Walking Tours to the Roof of Castle Williams - Every half-hour, 10:30 AM till 3:30 PM. Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer and see what the public has never seen before. Tours take visitors to see the vaults that once held artillery, the cells that once held prisoners or war, and the classrooms that once held after-school programs for kids before reaching the roof and taking in the spectacular view of New York Harbor. Tickets are required and may be picked up at the ticketing center, located just outside the entrance to the Castle. Tours begin in the courtyard of Castle Williams. Tours are limited in size to 15. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and no reservations may be made.

Bicycle Tours of the Island - 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday. See the island on wheels! Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer for a 1.5-hour tour of the entire island, including the Monument, Historic District, and the South Island. Our most comprehensive tour. Meet at the National Park Service ticketing center located outside of Castle Williams. No reservations are required. Bring your own bike!

Tours of Castle Williams
Access to the interior and roof of the Castle is by guided tour only, which requires a separate ticket. Tour tickets are available inside the Castle at the ticketing desk. Tickets will be available for a given tour one hour before the tour begins--for example, tickets for the 2:30 PM tour will become available at 1:30 PM. Space on these tours is extremely limited. Please note that generally tickets are in greatest demand in the afternoon, so we strongly recommend visitors plan to take a morning tour for the greatest availability of tickets.
Tours occur every half-hour beginning at 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM and are approximately 25 minutes in length. Visitors are advised that the tours involve climbing several flights of stairs, and to please plan accordingly. At the end of the tour, visitors will be escorted to the courtyard of the Castle, and are free to peruse the exhibits located there.

Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22: Second Annual New York Poetry Festival, 11 AM - 5:30 PM, Colonels Row
Come out for this $5 poetry festival for readings and performances by The Poetry Brothel, Cave Canem, Poets House, EARSHOT!, The Inspired Word and much more. For more information visit www.tpsny.org.
Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Drop-in Family Program: Stamps and Monoprints, 2 - 4 PM, Building 110
Design totes and tees as you stamp and print your own designs. Using basic monoprinting techniques create inspired graphics on your Governors Island souvenirs. For more information and to register for the event, visithttp://www.cooperhewitt.org/calendar

Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King art Center, May 26-September 30, throughout the Island
The exhibition is on view for another exciting season on Governors Island and includes a soaring new sculpture and programs for the public to enjoy. The exhibition is free and installed throughout the Island's public spaces.

What's Happening on Governors Island: May 26-September 30, Building 110 Upper Level
Visit the interactive exhibit in Building 110 to learn more about the Governors Island Park and Public Space Plan and the 30 new acres of park and public space that are currently under construction. Visitors are invited to use Post It™ notes, markers and stamps to provide their feedback on the plan.

Process: 5th Annual Sculptors Guild Exhibition on Governors Island: May 26 - September 30, Governors Galleries
Curated by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche and featuring work from members of the Guild and an invited guest artist, Faith Rinngold. For more information, including a schedule of hands-on free workshops and events visit sculptorsguild.org.

Empire Historic Arts Fund presents the fashion exhibit: "Tattered and Torn (On The Road To Deaccession): May 26-September 30, Governors Galleries
An installation of costume de-accessioned from various museums due to condition issues that make them undesirable for exhibit in the upper echelon museum world. Empire Historic Arts takes a different stance and offer them as an amazing resource to people interested in the design and construction of 19th century costume.

Transforming Function at Building 110: LMCC's Art Center, 12 PM - 5 PM, Building 110, LMCC Art Center at Governors Island
The artists in this exhibition, by creating works that reimagine purpose, urge us to develop relationships to these environments that extend beyond passive consumption. Through adapting uses and subverting functions, the resulting work takes many forms and offers new perspectives and approaches to viewing, listening, experiencing, and interacting. Additional programming such as workshops, demonstrations, and talks to be announced.

Painting Governors Island: May 26-September 30, Governors Galleries
An exhibition of en-plein-air watercolor and oil paintings exploring the island's unique setting. The harbor, the industrial Brooklyn waterfront, the New York City skyline and the bridges are all wonderful motifs from this inspiring location. The island, with its strange mixture of buildings, both utilitarian and historic, is in itself a fascinating subject. Each artist reinvents the island through their own eyes, finding surprising memorable images. While caring about the motifs, these paintings are not merely depictions, but rather personal, painterly truths about the island.

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program: May 27-September 30, 11 am to 3 pm, Building 14
Join the Children's Museum of the Arts Teaching Artists for new themes and projects each weekend, including everything from painting and drawing to large-scale sculpture. Children and families can stop by for hands-on art for kids!  For more information visit www.cmany.org.

Earth Matter Compost Learning Center: May 26- September 30, 12 pm to 4 pm, Picnic Point
Earth Matter Compost Learning Center, located at Picnic Point, is a place to discover composting, the art and science of turning food and yard waste into a healthy soil amendment, rich in the nutrients that plants need to grow. Come for a fun and free hands on experience and unravel the mysteries of "black gold" and pet our newest compost workers - 38 adorable chicks and two kid goats! For more information visit www.earthmatter.org.

Street Math Investigations presents Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking: May 26 - September 30, Governors Galleries
Mü-Math Adults and children 5 and up are invited to immerse themselves in different styles of mathematical thinking in ways that are playful and engaging. The 15 New York City themed installations are designed to offer different levels of challenge for children and adults alike.

Visiting Castle Williams: May 26-September 30,  10 AM to 6:30 PM, Castle Williams
Visitors interested in visiting the newly re-opened Castle Williams will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Governors Island in an intimate setting led by a National Park Service Ranger, as tours to the top of the Castle are limited to small groups. Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis for the Castle and roof. Visitors can go to the gazebo outside the Castle for timed tickets. More information on these programs and access can be found atwww.nps.gov/gois.

Weekend Park Ranger Programs: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the day
Every weekend, National Park Rangers offer programs throughout the day.  Please visit www.nps.gov/gois or call 212-825-3045 Wednesday - Sunday for more information.

Orientation to the History of Governors Island: May 27-August 28, 11:25 am, 1:25 pm, and 3:25 pm
Join a National Park Ranger for this 45- to 60-minute walking experience to discover how the role of Governors Island evolved to meet the changing needs of New York City and the nation.

Bicycle Tours of the Island - 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday. See the island on wheels! Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer for a 1.5-hour tour of the entire island, including the Monument, Historic District, and the South Island. NPS' most comprehensive tour. Meet at the National Park Service ticketing center located outside of Castle Williams. No reservations are required. Bring your own bike!

Bike Governors Island: May 26-September 30
Bring your own bike or rent one from Bike and Roll™ to enjoy miles of car-free biking.

Cooper-Hewitt Graphic Design—Now in Production, May 26-September 3, Building 110
The exhibition  explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000, including posters, books, magazines, identity and branding, information graphics, typography and typefaces, and film and television title graphics. The exhibition is in Building 110.

FIGMENT 2012 Artist Designed Mini Golf: June 9-September 23, Parade Ground
Play a free round of artist designed mini golf on this year’s “Arcade” themed course. Whack-a-clown, rescue a princess, and save the world from inevitable asteroid destruction one putt at a time. For more information, visit http://newyork.figmentproject.org/summer.
FIGMENT 2012 Summer-Long Installations: June 9-September 23, Parade Ground

This summer, FIGMENT's acclaimed interactive Sculpture Garden returns to Governors Island, welcoming visitors to the Parade Grounds to play with, dance around, contemplate on, and experience these wonderfully imaginative installations. The centerpiece of FIGMENT's summer-long installations for 2012 is the Tree House, where visitors can climb and explore. For more information, visithttp://newyork.figmentproject.org/summer.

Better Than Jam: handmade gifts shop: May 26-September 3, Governors Galleries
Better Than Jam is bringing Governors Island the creations of New York City's most talented artists and crafters. Popping up in the Governors Galleries, the shop is filled with the work of local designers, artists, and crafts people. Better Than Jam's gift shop allows visitors to take home a tangible memento from their visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted with the island in mind. With the help of the Etsy New York Team, the shop will also host demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 12-4.

GlassLab presented by The Corning Museum of Glass: Saturday June 30 - Sunday July 29, 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Watch dynamic hot glassmaking performances with top contemporary designersas they bring new ideas to life in collaboration with master glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass. Look for leading names from the Cooper-Hewitt's exhibition Graphic Design—Now in Production. For information, visit www.cmog.org/glasslab

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