There is always the perception that there is no open green space in New York City and you would be so wrong. In August, I was invited to go on a lazy picnic on Governor’s Island by Veziah from Jamasia Eats, her own blog, and a previous post when we had Filipino food here and night the museum here. Governor’s Island is formerly where the Governor of New York resided, a former naval base to protect New York, and a castle fort. There are tours every hour to discuss the historical significance of the island and the part it’s played in defense of the city.
It’s in between Staten Island and Manhattan, and accessible by a five-minute ferry ride for two dollars. It’s only open from memorial Day weekend to the last weekend in September each Summer. It is now considered a park, imagine a whole island is a park in the middle of New York City. Awesomeness!
The views of Manhattan and the grounds are so beautiful! There is also an urban farm, a baseball field, and a bike path that runs the entire border of the island and you can rent bikes and surreys by the hour.
Besides getting a workout in from bike riding, the walk around the island is hilly and challenging, wear comfortable shoes. There are food trucks at the picnic areas, all summer and the annual Vendy Awards at the end of the summer which picks the best of the best of New York’s food trucks happens here as well. So there is always great food to share on the grounds.
By the way, a lazy picnic is a picnic where you don’t have to cook and you can bring things that you’ve bought just before heading out to the island, no stress, no clean up. We blew bubbles and gorged ourselves with our food. I love coming to this event every year and spending time with friends that I don’t get to see often enough.
It was really hard not taking pictures at every corner, I was annoying people with my camera. Ha ha! So this is a taste of what I do when I am not writing. Such a great experience and Governor’s Island is a jewel that not enough people visit in New York.
Have you every visited Governor’s Island? Do you have a similar space where you live that makes you feel like you are stepping into a painting? Tell me about it in the comments below , I’d love to hear.
Until our next rendezvous…