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Governors Island will be open through October for the first time ever

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Clayton Guse

Add one of NYC's best summer destinations to your fall bucket list. 

The Trust for Governors Island announced that the island will be open to the public through the end of October for the first time ever. Earlier this year, lovers of the car-free park collectively smiled when news broke that it would open on May 1, a month earlier than usual. Now, with the island's hours extending into the fall, the public season at the urban oasis spans a full six months. 

Governors Island is chock-full of exciting things to do. From a set of four man-made hills offering unobstructed views of New York Harbor in every direction to a set of giant slides to a brand-new seafood restaurant, the park has everything a New Yorker needs for a perfect summer day. 

Come October, the island's trees will be filled with fall foliage, which ought to make for some pretty stellar photographs. A full slate of autumn-themed events is also coming to the park, including a Night of 1,000 Jack O' Lanterns (which sounds witchy as hell). 

Island hoppers should be on the lookout for more announcements coming out of Governors Island in the near future. The Trust for Governors Island president Michael Samuelian said the October expansion is a step toward making the island accessible to the public year-round (we're hoping for sledding and snowball fights come winter). 

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