Situated a half-mile south of Manhattan, the 172-acre Governors Island, was, for many years, a Coast Guard installation. Before that, it was an army post for nearly 200 years and played a part in the Revolutionary War. In April 2010, New York City took over. Because it was a military base for so long, few New Yorkers, much less tourists, had visited Governors Island. But that has changed. Much of Governors Island is now a public park and 22 acres on the island are already a national monument, centered around two 1812-era fortresses. The island is open to visitors from the end of May to October. During that time, you can take a free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan. (There is also a ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.) On the island, you can walk or bicycle in a car-free environment and attend any number of activities from jazz concerts to table tennis demonstrations.
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Our Rating Hours The island is open to the public every Fri–Sun from the end of May through October Transportation Subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4, 5 to Bowling Green Phone 212/440-2200 Prices Free ferries depart from Battery Maritime Building (a large green building right next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal), Slip 7, in Manhattan; in Brooklyn free ferries depart from Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue; check the website for exact schedules. Web site Governors Island
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