6/29/14 - 6th Governors Island Outing - Singles, Couples & Families Welcome
I am pleased to invite you to our 6th Semi -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 opened an entire new portion of. 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...
** Free Tours of the ROOF of Castle Williams - here is a link to all of the national park service
** New Park areas, including over 50 hammocks! - Here are some details
** 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!
** River to River Festival Exhibition
** Various Indoor and Outdoor Art Installations - here is link to all of the activities for when we are going
** Stunning views of lower manhattan and the NY harbor.
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, June 29
TIME: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
RSVP DEADLINE - FRIDAY, June 27
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 on Governors Island, where the Manhattan Ferry lets out, next to the Main office and the LMCC Art Building 110 at 11:15.
The ferrys until 11:30 are free, but to ensure you get on the ferry ( which are at 10, 10:30 and 11 from Manhattan and 11 and 11:30 from Brooklyn) you need to come early - so come no later than 10:30 for the 11:00 am ferry.... after 11:30 they are $2 per person, just on the way over - no charge to go home!
here is the entire ferry schedule
For those MEETing in Manhattan for the ferry, come by 10:30 AM to 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). I will be on the island when you arrive. You will likely not get on until 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.
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 30 minutes from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street), starting at 11:00 AM.
Here is the website for the directions to the ferry departure point and ferry times from Manhattan and Brooklyn
CAN I COME LATER THAN 10:30? HOW CAN I MEET UP WITH YOU?
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 3:00 PM, but you can stay as long as you like
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.
ACTIVITIES ON THE ISLAND
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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING!
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!
DETAILS OF TOURS AND EXHIBITIONS ON THE ISLAND
Tours of the Island
Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 5 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. Fantastic views available from the roof. Free tickets required for tours. More information available here.
Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star! - On the hour, 12 PM to 4 PM at the eastern entrance to Fort Jay. About 30 minutes. Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of classic star-shaped fort design anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island. No tickets or reservations required.
Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence - 11 AM outside the Commanding Officer's Quarters. About 30 minutes. Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island. No tickets or reservations required.
Visit the Arsenal District - 1 PM at Soissons Dock. About 30 minutes. Did you know that for decades, Governors Island housed not one, but two military bases? Explore Governors Island's very own "heat-packing district" where the US Army managed munitions and arms during the 19th and 20th centuries. No tickets or reservations required.
Hike through History - 2 PM at Soissons Dock. About 90 minutes. See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.
Beachfront No More: Colonels' Row - 3 PM at the Liggett Hall Arch. About 30 minutes. Get to know the island's "dividing line" where officers meet enlisted men, natural turf meets artificial soil, and old meets new. No tickets or reservations required.
ONGOING EXHIBITS AND EVENTS
Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and June 29, Okwui Okpokwasili presents Bronx Gothic: The Oval, LMCC's Arts Center, 3 PM
Bronx Gothic reveals an impassioned story of coming of age as notes are surreptitiously passed between two school girls at the tender age of 11. Enacted as a solo, Okpokwasili casts a gripping performance that sheds light on harrowing issues of self-esteem, body image and sex amid a susceptible moment in a young girl's life.
Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and June 29, Open Studios with LMCC's Artists in Residence, LMCC's Arts Center, 12 PM to 5 PM
Join LMCC for Open Studios with Process Space artists-in-residence at Governors Island! Visit with visual and performing artists and writers who have been working at LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island since March. The weekend will feature behind-the-scenes access to 20 multi-disciplinary artists' studios.
What's Happening on Governors Island: May 24-September 28 (Every day), Building 110
Visit the interactive exhibit in Building 110 to learn more about Governors Island's new park and public spaces and The Hills as they are under construction. Visitors are invited to use Post It„¢ notes, markers and stamps to provide their feedback about what's happening on the Island.
Empire Historic Arts Fund presents: "Tattered and Torn (On The Road To Deaccession): May 24-September 28, Building 20A in Nolan Park (Weekends), Building 20A in Nolan Park
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 believes their inherent beauty and value is easily recognizable and that they are a great resource for those interested in the design and construction of late 18th and 19th century garments.
Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program: May 24-September 28 (Weekends, 11 AM to 3 PM), outside of Building 14, Nolan Park
Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!! For more information visit
Earth Matter Compost Learning Center: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 PM, Fridays by pre-registration, Enter at the Park Oval
Earth matter hosts visitor open hours every Saturday and Sunday. The Center's schedule is: 12 - 1 pm- animals-in the-compost cycle and care for animals. 1- -1:30pm- instructional "how to" compost 2:00-2:30pm "featured" activity focus. 3-4 pm "what to compost". Come for a tour of our variety of composting methods and devices. Families welcome.
Sculptors Guild presents “Transformation”: May 24-September 28, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 5 PM, Building 19 in Nolan Park
This exhibition encompasses six separately themed shows as well as outdoor work.
Brooklyn Public Library presents The Uni Project: May 24-August 30, Weekends 12 - 5 PM, Library Lawn outside of Building 114
For the second year in a row, the Uni Project will partner with the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, and The New York Public Library to offer an open-air, public reading room on Governors Island. The Library Lawn will have shade and stunning views of New York Harbor. Visitors will be able to borrow books for use on the island, register for library cards, sign up for Summer Reading, and learn what's happening in the three New York City public library systems. BPL has also planned a series of Saturday programs at 1pm that include storytelling, performances, and music workshops.
The Poetry Society of New York presents The Typewriter Project: May 24-September 28, Historic District
The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which encourage users to go analog. The project's pilot vessel is New York City's tiniest writing den--just big enough for a seat, a desk, a typewriter, and you! The typewriter booth allows both seasoned scribes and first time typists to come inside and join in a citywide lyrical conversation. Every written entry will be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Look for the rustic, wooden booth situated on Governors Island with a commanding view of the Statue of Liberty.
Civil War & NYC, presented by the New-York Historical Society, Saturdays and Sundays, June 15-September 2, 10 AM to 6:30 PM, Building 18 in Nolan Park
The Civil War and New York City, is presented by the New-York Historical Society in commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war that divided the nation. The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. While there were no battles in New York, the city itself embodied many of the tensions that tore the nation in two. Using photographs, newspapers, and works of art, our Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced view of the Civil War showing multiple perspectives and many surprises.
Better Than Jam Handmade Gift Shop, May 24-September 28, Mondays, Fridays, Weekends, Building 16 in Nolan Park
The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York City's most talented designers, artists and crafters. The cute yellow house will be filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products, just for the island shop. With the help of the Etsy New York Street Team, the shop will also host family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 2-4, to show and teach visitors some of their skills. For more information visit
Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day, 1 PM to 6 PM, Building 20, Nolan Park
Mü-Math, the Mobile Unit to promote Mathematical Thinking, returns to Governors Island for its third year in a row. Featuring a dozen different mathematics investigations ranging from algebra to topology, the exhibit is appropriate for the math curious beginning with age 7 and ending with those who consider themselves "ageless." We'll be open Saturday, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 1 - 6 pm in Building 20, Nolan Park. You can read more about Mü-Math, as well as our weekday "Street Math Investigations" programs at
FIGMENT 2014 Summer-Long Installations, June 7-September 21, Every day, Parade Ground
This summer, FIGMENT's acclaimed interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course and City of Dreams Pavilion, welcomes visitors to the Parade Ground to play with, dance around, contemplate on, and experience these wonderfully imaginative installations.
This year's Minigolf Course is based on the theme "New New York City." For more information, visit
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, 11 AM-6 PM, Building 110
LCMM's Arts Center inspires visitors to the Island by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. Building 110, located on the Northern coast of Governors Island, is home to LMCC's Arts Center where key concepts and topics of the moment are explored, year round, in studios during artist residencies, and through curated gallery exhibits during the public access season for visitors to the Island. For events see below:
Trisha Brown Dance Company Presents Embodied Practice and Site Specificity Gallery Exhibition, Fridays and Sundays 12 PM to 5 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 5 PM and holiday Mondays 12 PM to 5 PM, LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island
Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity looks closely at Trisha Brown's early work, collaborative practice and relationship to New York City, showing the transformative effect of her performances on audiences and her significant influence on a new generation of artists. The exhibition will also be open June 20-29: Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm for the River to River Festival.
LMCC Presents Open Studios with Process Space Artists-in-Residence, May 24 and 25, and June 28 and 29, 12:00 PM to 5 PM LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island
Visit the LMCC artist in residence in their studio during the opening weekend of Governors Island.
Surprise House, August 16 - September 14, Building 6B
Imagine strolling through the green hills of Governors Island and coming to a stop before a mysterious house. What lies within? The Surprise House is designed by Surprise Industries, a company that uses the science of surprise to help individuals and organizations embrace the uncertain and engineer the unexpected. Guests will have an opportunity to play, connect, stretch their comfort zones, and get inspired to explore the unknown in everyday life.
Brooklyn Artery, All Season, Nolan Park Building 1oB
Brooklyn ARTery offers one-of-a kind, affordable and fine quality handmade gifts from artisans from throughout the world. Stop by for beautiful handbags, jewelry, artisanal food, housewares, scarves, beauty products and more! Each Saturday from 2-4pm they offer a free DIY arts drop-in class. Sundays from 2-4 stop by for delectable tastings of local artisanal cookies, candies and other sweet and savory snacks.
Third Rail Artist Residency, Open Studios, Outdoor Rehearsals, Performances and Workshops, select weekends and times, Building 17
Third Rail Projects invites the public to have a window into their creative process of their touring project Roadside Attraction, a mobile site-specific dance/theater work for 6 performers and a 1970's Coleman pop-up camper. Third Rail Projects will host open outdoor rehearsals, open studios, public workshops, and performances throughout the summer. Open studios on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/29, 12-5pm; Open Studios: 7/5, 8/2, 8/22, 9/13, 1-5pm; 9/16, 9/17, 10 - noon; Workshops: 7/23, 8/2, 1-5pm; Performances: 7/6, 2pm & 4pm; Invited Showing: 9/18 through 9/21, noon - 6pm. For more information visit
Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, May 31-September 28, Colonels Row Building 403
Spontaneous Interventions is an award-winning exhibition that celebrates innovative citizen-initiated actions to improve the public realm. The show originated as the official U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012). This summer S.I. takes up residency on Governors Island, presenting a condensed version of the original exhibition, an "outdoor living room" designed by the Rockwell Group, and free programs all summer. Visit
for more information.
Spontaneous Interventions Public World Cup Viewing Zone, June 12-July 13
Spontaneous Interventions is a celebration of public space, and as part of its summer residency on Governors Island (Building 403, Colonel's Row, through September 28), its organizers have produced a Public World Cup Viewing Zone, the largest in New York and the only one to show the entire tournament. The event is made possible with the support of ESPN, Barco, IoMag, NYC FC, and Picture Farm. For a full schedule, go to
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Park Service Tour of Fort Jay - 12 to 4pm, on the hour.
Walk Around the Island
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Castle Williams Tours at 11:30 PM or Noon ( depending when we get tickets for)
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