You Can Take a Ferry to Governors Island Every Day This Summer
For many years, Governors Island was New York's premier home for crumbling, decrepit army barracks. Over the past few years, though, it's become home to hipper pursuits, like the much-loved art fair. City officials realized there was actual money to be made here, and in 2012 they launched a $260 million redevelopment project to build out 30 new acres of park space on the island, including lawns, play areas, two ball fields and, best of all, a hammock grove.
Image via The Trust for Governors Island Revelers at the 2013 Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn party
More importantly, at least where you're concerned: you can finally go there during the week. For the first time, Governors will be open seven days a week, and the ferry from lower Manhattan will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, with the last boat back from the island departing at 6. While the ferries used to be free, they now cost $2, meaning, yes, it's still cheaper to get out there than to your office.
Some of Governors Island is owned by the National Park Service; the other 150 acres are owned by the city and run by a public trust. That 150 acres is primed for even more development over the next few years, including a day spa, an international school, and an art center. At some point next year there will also be a giant hill of slides.
The ferries from Pier 6 in Brooklyn only run on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day; the ferries at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. are free. The 10 a.m., 11:00 and 11:30 ferries from Manhattan are also gratis. You can see a full schedule here.