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 https://govisland.com/hills. (see timeline). For a PDF map: GI_visitor_map_download. And for more history see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governors_Island.
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.