Known for its rich history, beautiful views and leisure activities, Governors Island will reopen to the public on May 1, signaling the start of the fun-filled outdoor season in New York City, America.
Following a shortened season last year, Governors Island in New York City will reopen for the entire six-month public season of 2021 starting May 1. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the 172-acre site will return to its pre-pandemic season with dozens of art exhibitions and cultural programs offered through October 31. This year, there will be two stops in Brooklyn on weekends, at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook.
When the city reopens, Governors Island will provide an affordable destination for New Yorkers to enjoy open spaces, art exhibitions, cultural programs, car-free natural surroundings, stunning views of New York Harbour and many others that make it such a remarkable place. From relaxing at Hammock Grove to biking around the island to free kayaking, the national park offers a whole host of activities across 120-acres of car-free space. There will be programs and exhibitions from two dozen art, culture and education organisations inside the historic buildings of Nolan Park and Colonels Row.
A number of socially distanced outdoor events will take place this season including multiple 5K and 10K races, the Jazz Age Lawn Party on June 12 and 13 and the New York City Poetry Festival on July 24 and 25.
Governors Island will be open every day between May 1 and October 31 from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 7 pm on weekends and holiday Mondays. Ferries will run daily between the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Manhattan and the island and from the two new Brooklyn stops on weekends. Ferry tickets, $3 round-trip for adults, must be reserved in advance. Ferries are free for children 12 and under, seniors 65 and older, current and former military service members, Governors Island members, public housing residents and those with an ID NYC card.