Postcard from Governors Island

September 11, 2014 in New York City,Places,Postcards

One of my “summer resolutions” was to visit Governors Island, simply because it’s only open in the summertime and because I’d never been before. But my summer weekends quickly filled up (BBQs in Brooklyn! Berkshires! Beach! Boston!) and suddenly it was Labor Day, and I was profoundly disappointed in my scheduling abilities. View from Governors Island in New York City

And THEN as my boyfriend and I were trying to figure out what to do with our day since imminent thunderstorms had canceled our trip to the Bronx Zoo, his roommate asked if we wanted to celebrate a friend’s birthday with beers out on Governors Island. I was convinced that this would be impossible since a) it was after Labor Day and b) there wasn’t a direct ferry–but alas, I was proved wrong. Governors Island is open until September 28 and we took the East River Ferry right from Williamsburg: hooray!

Governors Island, New York City

We showed up on the island right as it began to downpour. The storm only lasted as long as we walked across the island to Governors Beach Club: we got soaked, the crowds emptied out, and we arrived on the “beach” right as the sun came out. It was such a fantastic way to spend the afternoon: we drank beers with the Manhattan skyline looming across the water, played some ping-pong, and then wandered through the art installations that are sprinkled throughout the island.Governors Island, New York City

View from Governors Island in New York City

I’d love to go back with my bike and ride around the island, relax in the hammocks, and explore a bit more–but this was still such a fun way to spend an afternoon. Without a doubt, one of my new favorite “al fresco” bar options in New York City! Governors Island, New York CityGovernors Island, New York CityGovernors Island, New York CityGovernors Island, New York CityGovernors Island in New York City

Thanks to Colleen for the invite and for taking this fantastic shot: such a great day!Sunset over Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

What’s your favorite photo from Governors Island? 

  • Kriste

    I was actually born on Governor’s Island (well, born in Manhattan but lived on the island for the first year of my life) and then again the year before it closed down as a base. It was a GREAT place to live – all the benefits of small town life with the city at your fingertips

  • I’ve never been to Governor’s Island, believe it or not! This is certainly inspiration.

  • Lovely photographs – love the shot with the surfboards & Manhattan in the background. Like you, I’ve always wanted to go to Governor’s Island. I’m moving to New York this fall, so I guess I will have no excuse come next summer :)

  • Briel79

    I’ve heard about Governor’s Island before but never really researched what it was. Looks like a great place to visit! I guess that’s going on my list of places to see next time I’m in NY! :)

    Love the last photo!

  • I love the last photo. Can’t go wrong with the NY skyline & bridges paired with an amazefest sunset!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Lovely photos! I actually like the second one the best because it gets me excited for FALL! :)

  • I hope to one day take a second trip (and a third, and a fourth – I’m sure you get my drift!) to NY, and I’d definitely love to spend time during it across the water, with the Manhattan skyline spread out before me. This is gorgeous post, Christine, and it certainly sounds (and looks) as though you had a fantastic time!

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  • camorose

    That’s so cool I just met someone else who grew up on Governors Island–her dad was in the Coast Guard–and it just sounds like such an idyllic childhood!

  • camorose

    You have to go! So gorgeous, and perfect for the kidlets to run around :)

  • camorose

    Yes! Put it on your summer must-do list :)

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s such a cool place to visit in NYC!

  • camorose

    Yes! Was such a gorgeous ferry ride home!

  • camorose

    Yes, fall is totally coming–I’m getting excited!

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s such a fun little day trip in NYC :)

  • Anđela Ćenan

    I love how New York is so much more than just the New York from the movies (which makes it even more exciting and amazing)… thank you for sharing :)

  • camorose

    Yes! There’s plenty of fun “movie” New York but also so much more!

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