Lazy Picnic on Governor’s Island

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!

Governor's Island View, NYC
Governor’s Island Views, NYC

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.

Bike and Surrey Rentals at Governor's Island, NYC
Bike and Surrey Rentals at Governor’s Island, NYC

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.

Karina blowing bubbles unsuccessfully at Governor's Island, NYC
Karina blowing bubbles unsuccessfully at Governor’s Island, NYC

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…

xoxo

Trudy
Rendezvous en New York

  22 comments for “Lazy Picnic on Governor’s Island

  1. September 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    This is going to sound a little nutty, but I am an closet (not so closet) Bravo watcher. I believe it was Real Housewives of New York a fews years back that had some sort of a lunch or birthday party on Governor’s Island. True, NYC does have its pockets of greenery, just not very much.

    • September 24, 2015 at 11:34 AM

      Actually there is quite a bit, just that no one slows down enough to notice it all. There are 1700 parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities in the five boroughs, consisting of over 28000 acres that’s pretty decent in a city with 8 million plus people where space is a premium

  2. September 24, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    I rally enjoy learning about New York City through your blog. Before I started reading it, I imagined the city to be mostly paved over, crowded with skyscrapers and people and plenty of crime. It has been very enlightening to read your posts highlighting the beautiful parks, sights and events one can enjoy there. Nice job Trudy!

    • September 24, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      Thank you. I really think you would enjoy yourself here, although it would definitely take more than a week.

      • September 24, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        It’s on my list Trudy! Especially if I can work in a coffee or lunch rendezvous en New York with you! ?

        • September 24, 2015 at 11:45 PM

          Aaw so sweet! Definitely!! If you visit during Summer you can also visit Governor’s Island, there’s supposed to be a lot of bird watching there too!

        • December 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM

          I thought of you today when I saw this. http://gothamist.com/2015/12/02/bird_watched.php

          • December 3, 2015 at 12:47 AM

            Hey Trudy!!! You made my day! Thanks for thinking of me. When I make to to the Big Apple, I hope we can have coffee, lunch, or … I have not seen a bunting yet. But some day! Cheers from Portlandia! ?

            • December 3, 2015 at 12:57 AM

              Sure! That beautiful bird must have been lost because it’s native to the South, but our weather has been extra mild so I guess he wasn’t ready for Mexico yet. I just thought that he was breathtaking. I haven’t seen one either. Cheers from the Big Apple

              • December 3, 2015 at 1:01 AM

                ? Good to know that even birds can get lost. Many years ago I saw an emporia goose where we lived in California at the time. He was lost too!

                • December 3, 2015 at 1:05 AM

                  Poor thing will figure it out once it gets colder next week. But he’s causing a stir in the meantime.

                  • December 3, 2015 at 1:07 AM

                    He’ll most likely be okay. Animals tend to be smarter than humans most of the time! ?

                    • December 3, 2015 at 1:08 AM

                      Agreed!

  3. September 25, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    This all looks incredible, I’d love to visit New York one day!

    • September 25, 2015 at 9:57 AM

      Thank you! It’s really peaceful.

  4. September 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I grew up in NYC. My Dad worked on Governors Island in the late 50’s and early 60’s, for the U.S. Dept of Agriculture. I had always wanted to go back and in 2008, my dream came true when a relative, knowing I wanted to see the Waterfalls, suggested I take the free ferry from Manhattan to Governor’s Island to get a good look, and my husband and I did, I’m amazed at how much development has taken place since that 2008 trip. I only stayed about an hour or so. I would love to go back one day, just to walk in my Dad’s footsteps.

    • September 26, 2015 at 6:31 PM

      There seems to be a lot of festivals held there now. And of course picnics and bicycle riding.I love all of the above. But I did see a lot of construction happening as well, so next year there will be more to see.

  5. January 11, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Oh didn’t have time to go there but def will next time ! Great post

    • January 16, 2016 at 11:57 PM

      You’re welcome! You should carry a picnic and plan to stay the day!

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