Why You Should Go To Governor’s Island Before It Closes

Governors Island is in its last stages of prepping for hibernation, which begins on September 30 and lasts until late May. The district will remain closed until May 26, when school— at least for NYU— has finished.

But the island has no shortage of events for the next nine days. Ongoing exhibits include several art displays (for children and for adults), and a poetry reading featuring major New York writers. Read below about how exactly the Trust for Governors Island plans to end its 2012 season.

Poets like Yusef Komunyakaa will read: This Saturday, the Poets House of Battery Park City coordinates with the Storm King Art Center to sponsor a poetry reading on the grass. Enjoy two exhibits for the “price” of one (though both are free). The reading is set to take place amongst the artwork of Mark di Suvero, a sculpturist who works with steel.

Biking: Though not a specific event in itself, biking in these idyllic surroundings is enjoyable enough to warrant a trip. The pricing is fair ($25 for an entire day on weekends). You are also welcome to bring your own bike. If you desire a little more structure, official bike tours happen every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

What’s Happening on Governors Island, May 26-September 30, Building 110 Upper Level: In the interest of transparency (we often wish that the NYU 2031 planners were as like-minded), the Trust of Governor’s Island has created a stand-alone exhibit to describe the changes that the Mayor has authorized for the space. Dissent is not only welcome, but encouraged: The island’s website encourages “visitors to use Post It™ notes, markers and stamps to provide their feedback on the plan.”

Painting on Governors Island, May 26-September 30, Governors Galleries: We aren’t really sure why this event is included, because it seems to be a friendly reminder to bring a paintbrush and a pad when you visit. But we are grateful for the inspiration for our own individual pursuits.

Visiting Castle Williams, May 26-September 30,  10 AM to 6:30 PM, Castle Williams: It’s hard to tour Governor’s Island without being reminded of its past. Though Governor’s Island was occupied early on by Dutch colonists, its name originated during a period of British occupation. A hub for New York royal governors, the island’s oldest landmark is the governor’s house itself, built in 1703. A National Park Ranger runs the “Visiting Castle Williams” exhibit, which runs on first-come, first-serve basis.

Occupy Wall Street: Nothing in New York seems untouched by the Occupy movement that began exactly a year ago in lower Manhattan. Even Governor’s Island is not immune: The International Center of Photography will use a multimedia display to track the course of the protests over the last twelve months.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of events; rather, we hope that its highlights will point you to the Trust’s website and ultimately to the island itself. Make sure to enjoy the last of the nice weather before Governor’s Island closes up for the winter.

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