|on the western shore of Governor's Island|
This particular island is just south of Manhattan. There is a free ferry Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and free bike rentals on Fridays. Governor's Island is lovely and flat, so it is the perfect way to enjoy those last few days of pleasantly warm weather before the chill creeps in.
More importantly, there many different events on the island throughout the summertime. (Here is a list of this summer's activities, free and otherwise.) My favorite by far is the Jazz Age Dance Party. I accidentally stumbled upon this 20s jazz festival when I first visited Governor's Island. Dozens of people dressed up as flappers and philosophers swarmed the island and danced on the grass to fantastic music. The whole affair is presented by Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra.
Some things to look forward to as summer slips away: Rock the Bells Concert, the NYC Unicycle Festival, Rite of Summer Classical Music Festival, and Vendy Awards (for foodies! foodies everywhere!). If you cannot make any of these, mentally note Governor's Island for next summer!
|view of Manhattan and Brooklyn|