If you are in NYC over the next few days (July 16 – 20, 2016), it’s the perfect time to visit Governors Island.
Celebrate the Terns
Saturday July 16 is the Tern Festival on Governors Island. Hundreds of Common Terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on the Governors Island waterfront. Learn more about these fascinating waterbirds from 10am to 4pm with speakers, a bird tour of Governors Island, a botany and natural history tour, family activities, and a Common Tern viewing station on Yankee pier.
Float through the City of Water Day
Saturday, July 16 is also the City of Water Day on Governors Island. Sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, this annual celebration of the New York Harbor is the biggest harbor festival in our region. The free boat tours are already sold out, but you can still watch the Cardboard Kayak race and learn more about our waterways.
While you’re there, get to know the importance of oysters in our harbor and estuaries with the Billion Oyster Project.
The Newest NYC Landscape Unveiled: The Hills of Governors Island
On Wednesday, July 19, the new 10-acre area called The Hills will be open to the public for the first time. Ten years in the making, The Hills features four rolling peaks, each with incredible views of the Statue of Liberty across the harbor. The New York Review of Books wrote a great piece about the history and significance of this extraordinary new landscape.
On Thursday, July 20, you have the unique opportunity to explore The Hills and other parts of Governors Island from sunrise to sunset. Free ferries will run from Manhattan to Governors Island from 5:00am to 9:00pm that day. See the island at dawn, before work. No one has to know.