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Sneak peek: Preview the new Governors Island this weekend

Visit the island’s construction site to check out the new parkland—it’s your family's only chance before spring 2014.

Aerial view of Governors Island construction

Aerial view of Governors Island construction Photograph: Carlo Buscemi Imagery

Governors Island has been under construction since May 2012, and this weekend you have a chance to see the progress with your very own eyes before the green space closes for winter. Visitors are invited to hop the free ferry on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 to check out the construction site, which will be open from noon to 6pm both days. (While there, you'll also want to take one last spin on the rides at Fete Paradiso.)


The unfinished park will include Liggett Terrace, a plaza to house public art and movable seats; Play Lawn, with two ball fields; and Hammock Grove, a relaxing oasis with 1,500 trees and 50 hammocks. The most recent addition, the Hills—a series of rolling slopes made out of recycled materials and offering views of the Statue of Liberty—looks especially amazing (check out a video of the plans). We've got gorgeous aerial photos of the isle here, which really show the massive scale of the project.


For a sneak peek at the expanded parkland, make your way to the island's Liggett Hall Arch. From there, you can enter the construction site and wander freely or take a gratis guided tour (1:30pm or 3:30pm). For more information, go to the Governors Island website. It's the last weekend of the public season—go now or you'll have to wait until the island's reopening in 2014!



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