Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, just minutes from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront by ferry. The Island served as a military base for centuries and is now open to the public as a popular seasonal destination from May to October. An award-winning park complements its dozens of historic buildings, year-round educational and cultural facilities, rich arts and culture program and a National Monument. Looking ahead, the long-term vision for Governors Island focuses on expanding public access year-round by enlivening it with transformative public art and culture, extraordinary recreational and open space, and research and education dedicated to addressing the global climate crisis.
Please join us for a special afternoon on Governors Island on Tuesday, October 19. The HBSCNY group will be welcomed by the Friends of Governors Island’s Executive Director Merritt Birnbaum, who will share an update on the exciting plans for the Governors Island Center for Climate Solution. A special one-hour walking tour of the Island will be complemented by remarks by Barbara Wyckoff Siris who lived on the Island as a child, and following the tour, the group will gather at one of the Island’s waterfront eateries to enjoy drinks, snacks (not included in the ticket price) and a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. Please note there is a fair bit of walking on this visit and everything will be entirely outdoors. The rain date for this event is Thursday October 21.
Timing for the event:
1:00 pm Group meets at Battery Maritime Building ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan
1:20 pm Ferry to Governors Island
1:30 pm Welcome and review of Climate Center, remarks by Barbara, split into two groups for special walking tour
2:45 pm Optional further walking on your own, or Happy Hour at Taco Vista (cash bar)
NOTE: Ferries depart the Island every 40 minutes and no return ticket is required, so participants may depart any time (3:00 pm, 3:40, 4:20, 5:00, or 5:40 pm)
Participants must register by NOON on Sunday, October 17th.
Please note that no refunds will be issued unless due to rain date.
Manhattan Ferry from Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, New York, NY, 10005