You Can Take a Ferry to Governors Island Every Day This Summer

Image via The Trust for Governors Island
Revelers at the 2013 Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn party
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.

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.

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Loud, Honking Cabs Beware: 'Summer Streets' Are Taking Over NYC Today

If you're watching this video, we hope you have a huge smile on your face. If you're a cab driver who hates traffic, you might not. But, for the rest of us pedestrian folk, today is a great day to have feet.

For the next three Saturdays, the New York City Department of Transportation is bringing back the fifth annual 'Summer Streets' program. In it, the City closes down major thoroughfares for bikers, walkers and all New Yorkers alike to stroll down without worrying about getting hit by that sedan going 50 miles per hour.

With seven miles of road closed off for play time, this 'Summer Streets' is shaping up to be the biggest so far. In other words, there will be so much room for activities.

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Slip 'n Slide in Washington Heights Is Epic

Musically epic, that is.

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How to Stay Cool All Weekend for Less than $20

Categories: Summer Guide

It's hot as hell, so here's a guide to surviving the dog days this weekend (it's supposed to cool off Sunday, but we planned just in case...) without breaking the bank.

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Robert Jeffrey, Dancing Madonna Boy of 1991, Truly Embodies Summer Fridays

Robert Jeffrey has 61,000 views and rising today alone -- a Friday, not coincidentally -- on the perfect above clip of him lip-synching Madonna's "Vogue" back in the summer of 1991, at the Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. May all men learn to match his shorts game this weekend before we melt or miss out on fun of this caliber.

Hallucinogenic Plant Sprouting All Over New York City

If you've gotten bored of your regular everyday hallucinogens, there's a new option right in your backyard. Jimsonweed is a "strikingly gothic-looking plant" that makes you trip balls. And it can be found right here in New York!More »

Free Air Conditioning Causes Blissful Environmental Destruction

There are some lucky people in New York who have found utilities-included apartments and thus, do not have to pay for air conditioning. As it turns out, these people are blasting their A/C units all day and night, indiscriminately, even when they're not there, gleefully giving a big middle finger to the environment.

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Ladies, There Are Many Delights Which Await You at the Beach This Summer

Here is but one. We call it "Ponytail Surveys Realm"... (The photo, after the jump, is worth it. Promise.)

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10 Simple Rules for Summer: #1. The Sun Is Hot

On this hellishly hot of suddenly hot days, some lucky folks got to take off for Long Beach where, not so luckily, one swimmer may have drowned and a sunbather was run over by a police officer rushing to the scene of another rescue. Sadly, the swimmer is still missing and presumed dead, and the poor sunbather suffered a broken spine and rib. This is not good, people! In fact, it really bums us out. Let's go over the rules of summer. Once you have a handle on these basics, we'll move on to higher level concepts like clothing you should never wear in public and offensive sweating.

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This Week in the Voice: The 2010 Summer Guide

As you emerge from the schvitzy oven that is New York's subway system today, indulge in that new heat and sunshine with the help of the Voice's special pull-out 2010 Summer Guide. Keep yourself busy above ground during the three-month sweat-stained shitshow that is a summer in New York City, from outdoor cafés to the coolest (read: air-conditioned) theater, books, art, dance, film, food, music and tripping (tripping!) under our skyscraper-obstructed sun.

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