Before Alex heads back to school, we are trying to get in as many fun New York things as we can. One item we've been trying to check off our list for quite some time is taking the ferry to Governors Island. Alex and I tried going back in May, but didn't make it, then Emily and I tried multiple times, but were eluded by too many people and full ferry boats, and then we just never made it.
Luckily, last Sunday things worked out perfectly! The weather was gorgeous, and there were hardly any crowds! Hurray! Governors Island used to be a military base of some sort, then was closed and out of use, and then a few years ago was opened up to the public as a summer recreation spot. It's a fantastic place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon. No cars are allowed and there are acres of green space. Alex described it as "Central Park without all the people." It was lovely to relax with a picnic and a good book! And, best of all, it's free!
A few pictures from our adventure:
The ferry dock, Manhattan side.
Someday, we will own a sailboat...
View of Manhattan from the island.
Manhattan and Jersey.
Pretty walking paths.
Huge wind chimes.
A somewhat unfair trade...
Shells outside a house.
There were art exhibits in a number of the old houses, this one was full of interesting sculptures.
Hurray for green grass in New York City!
Goats and sheep?