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Free Bikes and New Parkland for Governors Island, Opening Daily This Season

Nothing says summer in New York like a trip to Governors Island, which is open this year from May 24 through Sept. 28. Don’t expect things to be just like last year (in a good way!), as expanded hours, extended free bike hours and 30 acres of new parkland are on the horizon.


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‘Yankee Hangar’ by artist Mark Handforth greets visitors arriving from Yankee Pier on Governors Island (Photo: Timothy Schenck Photography/Courtesy of The Trust for Governors Island)

The biggest change for 2014 is that Governors Island will now be open to the public seven days a week (previously it was weekends and holiday Mondays only). The ferry service will run from Lower Manhattan daily and Brooklyn on weekends and most rides will cost $2. Children ride free and senior citizens ride half price. Morning ferries on Saturdays and Sundays are free, and there is no surcharge for bicycles.

While it’ll cost something to get there (unless you’re a weekend early bird), a quick bike trip around the island will not. Free bikes will be available on the island every weekday from 10am to noon, starting on Memorial Day. Riders will be able to rent the bicycles free for up to one hour. If they’d like to ride longer, the cost is $15 for two hours or $25 for the day. Governors Island visitors are also welcome to bring their own bikes and ride at no cost.

Bikers will also have brand new paths to ride this summer in Governors Island, as the Trust for Governors Island is opening up 30 acres of brand-new parkland. Check out’s photo preview of the new space. The parkland includes Hammock Grove, 1,500 new trees and 50 hammocks with views of Lady Liberty, a six-acre public plaza and two ball fields. A section of rolling hills, some as tall as 82 feet high, is still under construction. The Trust also plans to open up 200,000 square feet of the island’s historic buildings for public programming like art shows and community events.

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