Governors Island will be open seven days a week in 2014

That's not the only big change coming to the island: There will also be ferry charges on weekdays, new tenants and, of course, hammocks

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Governors Island revealed the completion of its first phase of new parkland

Governors Island revealed the completion of its first phase of new parkland Photograph: Timothy Schenck


The changes to Governors Island are coming fast and furious: This past fall saw the completion of 30 acres of new parkland, which includes areas like Hammock Grove and Liggett Terrace. And today, the Trust for Governors Island announced that for the 2014 season, the destination will be open seven days a week. The new hours go into effect when the island reopens on May 24, 2014; it'll close for the season on September 28.

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To accommodate the extra visitors, ferries will run to and from Brooklyn and Manhattan throughout the week; but for the first time, the Trust will charge a $2 fee for ferry rides on weekdays and weekend afternoons. (Before you start complaining about that fee, remember what the lines have been like to board those ferries the past few years? We'd gladly pay a couple extra bucks to avoid enormous waits.) Happily, there won't be an extra surcharge for bikes, and morning ferries on Saturdays and Sundays will remain free.

Additionally, the Trust announced three new tenants who will occupy some of the island's historic edifices next season: A day spa will move in to three separate buildings, while the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Arts Center at Governors Island will both expand.


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