Governors Island is reopening to the public today with a new ferry route and a bunch of new food vendors.
Think of Governors Island as an inexpensive, day-trip that doesn’t involve renting a car. Or even just an alternative to the city’s parks. You can take the ferry to get there, and then picnic, walk around, bike, do jumping jacks, meditate, internally scream, have a birthday party with four people, and more.
Here’s what you need to know:
The island’s hours will be limited to 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 7pm on weekends.
Like other summers, you can take the ferry from Manhattan to Governors Island every day - but there’s a new ferry service that will run from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on the Red Hook / Atlantic Basin line.
The ferry is free for any city housing resident, as well as anyone riding on Saturday and Sunday before noon.
There’s no surcharge for bikes - which is unusual for the city’s ferry service. Buy your ferry tickets ahead of time here.
The Food Options
A collaboration between The Meat Hook and Threes Brewing that’s open on Fridays and weekends only. Three’s Brewing ran a stand on the island last summer, but this year they’ll also be serving sausage and other butcher specials from The Meat Hook (the two businesses already have a partnership in Gowanus at Threes’ tap room).
Tacos and margaritas from Taco Vista.
A truck with Eritrean and Ethiopian food called Makina Cafe. It’s only open on weekends.
Venezuelan hot dogs with toppings like garlic sauce and fried potato sticks from Perros Y Vainas. A percentage of all the sales will benefit nonprofit organizations providing food and medical care to children in Venezuela.
Island Oyster, a seafood spot right on the water that has its own section of outdoor tables.
A Jamaican food truck from the Bronx that specializes in jerk chicken and cod fritters. Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights will be open from Friday to Sunday.
Ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery. It’s open from Friday to Sunday.
Fish tacos, frozen drinks, salads made with Governors Island-grown produce, bratwurst, and burgers from Little Eva’s.
Kimchi bowls, burritos, and a taco with tofu edamame falafel from Kimchi Taco Truck.
Mango tangerine basil popsicles and shaved ice from People’s Pops, which is exactly what you’ll want at 3pm in July.
Find more information about all the vendors and Island rules here.