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How to Get to Governors Island

Governors Island is a public park in New York Harbor, between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here's how to get to this popular attraction.

Instructions

  • Step 1: To get to a concert on Governors Island during non-ferry hours, use a New York Water Taxi. Water Taxis typically leave every 15 minutes from locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; check with the event promoter for specific schedule and fare information.
  • Step 2: No matter how you get to Governors Island, know when you have to leave. The last ferry leaves for Manhattan at 5 p.m. on Fridays and for Manhattan and Brooklyn at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; check the Water Taxi website for its schedule. Don’t worry about being left behind --park staff sweep the island before closing to ensure everyone gets home.
  • FACT: Using rocks and dirt dug up during construction of the Lexington Avenue subway line, in 1912 the Army Corps of Engineers oversaw the addition of 4.8 million cubic yards of fill on the south side of Governors Island, adding 103 acres of land.
  • TIP: Check "govisland.com":http://govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml for subway, bus, and driving directions to both ferry locations.
  • Step 3: Want to get to Governors Island from Brooklyn? Use the free Governors Island Brooklyn ferry, which departs from Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. On Saturdays and Sundays, the ferry runs from 11 a.m. until its last launch at 5:20 p.m.
  • Step 4: On weekends, take the free Governors Island Manhattan ferry. It leaves from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street starting at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The last ferry to the island departs at 3 p.m. on Fridays and 5:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • TIP: The Battery Maritime Building is adjacent to the Staten Island ferry.
  • Step 5: Know when Governors Island is open to visitors: generally from June to early October. Check the park's website at "govisland.com":http://govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml for specific dates.

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