Governors Island in New York: The ultimate guide to NYC's island oasis

Find the best things to do on New York's Governors Island, and check out upcoming events for summer

No summer in New York is complete without a trip to Governors Island, the car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay. Use our handy guide to find the best things to do on Governors Island, whether you prefer biking or outdoor art, plus the hottest events taking place in the park all summer long.


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Governors Island is open from 10am–7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from May 25–Sept 28. How to get there: Free ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 (Atlantic Ave at Furman St, Brooklyn Heights) every 20 minutes, and from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal) at 10am, 11am, and every half hour after that. You can also take the East River Ferry; tickets are $4, and a full schedule can be found on the East River Ferry website.




Where to eat near Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

Pok Pok Ny

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 127 Columbia St, (between DeGraw and Kane Sts)
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Henry Public

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 329 Henry St, (between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St)
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Grimaldi’s

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 1 Front St, (at Old Fulton St), 11201
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Gran Electrica

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 5 Front St, (between Dock and Old Fulton Sts), 11201
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Where to eat near the Battery Maritime Building

The Dead Rabbit

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 30 Water St, (at Broad St), 10004
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The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 54 Pearl St, (between Broad and Water Sts), 10004
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Zaitzeff

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 72 Nassau St, (at John St)
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Keg No. 229

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 229 Front St, (between Beekman St and Peck Slip), 10038
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