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Everything you need to know about The Hills—open today!

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Jennifer Picht

The Hills are alive! (You have no idea how long we’ve waited to make that reference).

After month’s of teasing you with gorgeous renderings and a sneak peek of the new playground equipped with slides for adults, Governors Island’s 10-acre park officially opened to the public today.

When you go, explore the new hill-y landscapes, public art displays, play areas and the unbelievable 360-degree views of the New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. You can also walk or bike around the Island’s entire 2.2 mile promenade and enjoy a picnic at Picnic Point, which has been closed since 2012.

In honor of the park’s official debut, the Island will be open from sunrise to sunset for one day only tomorrow. A ferry leaves for Governors Island at 5am and the last one returns at 9pm. Best of all, the ferry rides are free!  

If you can’t make it out tomorrow, the Island is open during regular weekday hours from 10am to 6pm, and there will be extended ferry service this weekend (ferries run at 10am, 11am and then every half hour from Manhattan as well as every half hour from Brooklyn beginning at 11am).

Governors Island is open daily through September 25, so you better make the most of one of the city's best parks before summer ends! 

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