Governors Island

I haven’t been yet this year—I’ll go soon. I don’t want to miss the City of Water Day.

Governors Island is a 172-acre island south of the Battery in New York Harbor. It is accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer. In the near future there will be more parkland on the island called The Hills (see timeline).  For a PDF map: GI_visitor_map_download. And for more history see

The Ferry to Governors Island departs from the Battery Maritime Building, a 140,000 sq. ft. Beaux-Arts landmark building, completed in 1909 when ferries were still a vital means of transportation in New York City. It has nearly 8,800 elements of cast iron, riveted rolled steel plates and angles, sheet copper ornamentations, ceramic tile and stucco paneled walls, and a copper panel mansard roof system.

Common terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on the Governors Island waterfront; in 2013, researchers from NYC Audubon and Cornell University counted 181 nests and banded 100 chicks. The Tern Festival will take place from 10 am until 4 pm as part of Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day On July 16, 2016 and will feature speakers, a bird tour of Governors Island, a botany and natural history tour, family activities, and a common tern viewing station on Yankee pier. The Tern chick in the picture is taking shelter from the sun in an old phone booth.

13 thoughts on “Governors Island

  1. lynnwiles 2016-07-19 / 2:51 pm

    Nice color and tone matching to the postcard.


    • Sherry Felix 2016-07-19 / 2:54 pm

      I do not know what you mean by postcard. Thank you – I think.


  2. Becky B 2016-07-12 / 4:10 am

    ooh yet another place to add to my lists of things I’d like to do . . . me the island trip and MrB would be fascinated in the Tern Festival. In fact I’d probably enjoy that too as earlier this year I had great fun photographing terns as they dived.

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  3. Birder's Journey 2016-07-11 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve learned a little bit about the arts activities in the summer on Governors Island from my daughter who lives in Brooklyn. How fascinating that they have a Tern festival – I must check it out sometime.

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  4. the dune mouse 2016-07-11 / 12:13 pm

    always great views. I like the architectural shots! thanks for the little tour!!


  5. Jet Eliot 2016-07-11 / 9:55 am

    I had never heard of Gov. Isl. before. Interesting history and wonderful that it is a national park now too. Thank you for the island visit, Sherry, a fun escape.


  6. Indah Susanti 2016-07-10 / 3:14 pm

    It looks fascinating to visit, Sherry! Maybe on my next visit to NYC then I can spare time to visit the Island.


    • Sherry Felix 2016-07-11 / 7:51 am

      It is a unique and interesting place. Hope you get to see it someday.


  7. Barbara Bryan 2016-07-10 / 2:53 pm

    Love especially the Governor’s Island photos and of that group the 3rd photo with its play of light and shadow. Have you been hired by the island to promote it?


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