Go To Governors Island!
Governors Island is a car-free, New York City paradise and now it's open to residents weekends from June thru Sept 2nd.To get there, enjoy a short free ferry ride from lower Manhattan or use new service provided by New York Water Taxi. Bring your bike, enjoy a picnic, absorb awesome city harbor views, take historical tours, and experience Folk festivals all July long. Find all the wonderful details on the Governors Island Alliance website who along with Trorb Productions brings you this short video of opening day 2007.
Rob Pirani: [00:24] Governors Island really is right here in the centre of the harbour and it really belongs to all of New York. And what we’re trying to do with the festival and really with the activities all during the summer is to get people sort of out here so they feel like this is their park, that it’s their Island.
Leslie Koch: [00:40] To enjoy Governors Island this summer, which is every weekend, every Saturday and Sunday from ten to five, you can bring your bicycle, you can picnic, we have concerts and programmes every single Saturday, we have a tram and we have our partners at the National Park Service leading guided tours of the Island, both by tram and by foot.
Speaker: [00:57] It’s like a little 19th Century village next to Manhattan.
Speaker: [01:00] We played Frisbee, listened to the music.
Speaker: [01:02] This is amazing. Car free first of all. Very quiet.
Speaker: [01:06] It’s an easy bike ride for kids and adults, and it’s an easy walk for people who might not do a lot of walking, and the views are spectacular. It’s a great place to come and see.
Speaker: [01:19] It’s so close to either Manhattan or to Brooklyn. You can take the free ferry from Manhattan or hop on a water taxi and be in here about five minutes.
Tom Fox: [01:27] We’re very excited, today we’re opening the water taxi service to Governors Island and it’s the first time that Red Hook and DUMBO are being connected directly to the Island. And boats all accept bikes, you just bungy them up to the front railing. It’s great to see the waterfront growing and Governors Island being connected and the people getting to use it.
Speaker: [01:47] The property is incredible. The buildings, the structures here… I’ve lived in New York all my life and I’ve never even knew about that this actually was on. I’m thrilled to be here, it’s very exciting opening day for me.
Speaker: [01:57] We went at Castle Williams and one of my friends called us who is a history teacher and it was like you’ve got to come here so you can tell the kids. And they’re planning on coming in December too.
Ken Fisher: [02:28] You know it’s not just Governors Island, it’s the people’s island and having all of the folks out here is just the beginning. And I think that it’s a place for families to come and enjoy, it’s a place for tourists to come and realise what America’s heritage in New York City is, and most importantly it’s a place that has incomparable views and a wonderful opportunity for open space for the entire region.
Linda Neal: [02:48] It’s just amazing to me how many people have enjoyed coming here over the past five years, and the number of activities that have increased. If you’ve been here once and think you’ve done it all, you haven’t.
Speaker: [02:59] This view of Manhattan, I mean where else do you get this kind of view?
Speaker: [03:02] The bridges look very nice from here and you can see the ferry terminals.
Speaker: [03:08] I’m amazed at the amount of open park space available and everybody’s running around and children are free to run and be safe and enjoy themselves.
Anne Frederick: [03:19] At family day today we’re asking kids to come to visit to tell us what they would like to see in their dream park for the new part of the park that’s getting rebuilt.
Speaker: [03:28] I would include a big giant swimming pool in the centre. It’s so hot today. And a big garden at the bottom of the island with some cherry bushes.
Speaker: [03:36] I’m drawing me flying a kite and I’m flying me in the sky.
Speaker: [03:40] It’d be nice if you had a carousel here.
Speaker: [03:42] Like a toddler playground with maybe like a sprinkler.
Speaker: [03:46] Music fountains that kids can play inside.
Speaker: [03:49] The stage acts were very nice. I think more of that for children, that’s great. It’s always great.
I’m a native New Yorker and I wanted to give back to my community
and this is very exciting for all of the purposes that Governors Island
have in the ensuing years. It’s going to be a great summer.