Collective Retreat

Marc and I booked a luxury camping (glamping) stay for a night at Governors Island, NYC. I loved the tent and the shower was lovely. What a fabulous view and location. And the weather was perfect. The staff are charming and very attentive. It was very memorable, and I enjoyed my stay.

There were some negatives: I was not happy with my food. I requested items to be removed (no tomatoes, corn, wheat or dairy) and asked to have the chef give me something else as a substituted. This did not happen and I had almost thinning on my plate. I had two mouthfuls of a paper-thin beef for the starter, and two tiny pieces of chicken with a few cucumbers and onions for the main. I asked for some potatoes to help fill me up and got them for dessert. There were no nondairy or gluten free items available for breakfast. I was able to order a plate of eggs with nothing else.

The tent had some minor issues: Black stains, possibly mold, on the roof; a ceiling light didn’t work; one of the tent flap catches was missing; and there was no facial tissue in the box for it. For what we paid I expected more.

We did get a lift to the Ferry. Arriving back on Manhattan felt strange. As if I had just returned form a trip abroad.

Collective at Governors Island

I would love to stay for a night or two at the Collective at Governors Island in their luxury tent at Governors Island someday.

Marc and I rode around in a rented surrey while attanding the #OPTIC2019 day at Governors Island. It was a great way to carry my photography gear.

Governors Island Doors

I photographed a few doors while on the #Optic2019 tour of the island on Tuesday.

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 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.