• News,  Tour

    Walking Tours Return on Fridays

    We are all happy that Governors Island is open for its 16th public season. For the second year in a row, it opened on May 1. It will remain open until October 31. This season the Trust For Governors Island is debuting a new ferry, which should help cut down on waiting times to the Battery Maritime Building. Walking tours have also resumed. These are held on most Fridays of the season, starting at 3:00 p.m. What will be nice is that the Island stays open late on most Friday nights, we we do not need to hustle to make it onto the last ferry off the Island at at…

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    Brooklyn Ferry Service Expanded

    It is is a story we have been tracking for quite awhile: the ferry service to Brooklyn. On the eve of the fourteenth public season on the Island, good news was delivered today by the Trust For Governors Island. Opening weekend will have more ferries: Expanded ferry service from Brooklyn this summer! On opening weekend, ferries will run every half hour between Brooklyn and Governors Island from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Half hour service will run on Saturday, May 28, Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30. Funding for additional ferry service has been provided by Council Member Brad Lander. Find the full ferry schedule here.

  • Features

    10 Tips to Visit Governors Island

    As Governors Island opens this weekend for its 13th annual public season—and is open 7 days a week—until September, here is a list of things to remember before getting in line for the ferry. 1. Before leaving home, charge your mobile phones to 100 percent. The island only got electricity in 1905, and getting a charge is like finding the ghost of U.S. Grant. 2. Bring cash. The bank closed in 1996. The pop-up shops and food vendors appreciate your cash. 3. Wear comfortable shoes. Unless you are going to walk off the ferry and sit down immediately, you’ll probably walk at least one to three miles (or more) in…

  • Governors Island Ferry from Brooklyn (image source: brooklynheightsblog.com)

    Brooklyn Wants More Ferries to Governors Island

    The Borough of Churches has spoken. Brooklyn wants more ferries to serve the Borough to take residents to the island. Dana Rubinstein writes in Capital New York that when MayorBill de Blasio said the city would increase ferry service in Gotham, he forgot to include Governors Island. “Unfortunately, access is dramatically limited for Brooklyn residents, while Manhattan residents have daily access five days in the off-season and seven in the summer,” said Councilman Brad Lander, who represents Park Slope. Last week, Lander, along with Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Assembywoman Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council members Steve Levin and Margaret Chin sent a letter to the mayor urging him to…