Mayor de Blasio announced that from now on, Governor’s Island will be open to New Yorkers all year round. Previously, the general public could only get there from May 1 to October 31.
This season, for the first time, it will be able to receive visitors in winter. An island is an island, and if you do not have your own boat or yacht, you can only get there by ferry. Accordingly, the schedule will now also be year-round. The island berths will stop ships heading from Manhattan to South Brooklyn and vice versa.
Governor’s Island is located in New York Harbor. Administratively, it is considered part of Manhattan. Its history began during the American Revolution. Then they began to build fortifications here to repel possible attacks by the British from the sea. The preserved fortifications of Fort Jay and Williams Castle remind of those times. Until 1996, the island served one way or another for defensive purposes. First army bases were located here, and then the coast guard units.
Governor’s Island was handed over to New Yorkers only in 2005, and since then its popularity as a holiday destination, and not least a family one, has been steadily growing. This oasis, adjacent to Manhattan’s stone hulks, attracts with its green spaces, hiking trails, and cultural events, including a music festival held every year.
“This is a wonderful place,” de Blasio said. “A great place to enjoy your vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”
To Governor’s Island any season