Big changes are in store for Governors Island, NYC’s military base turned summer fun spot, which is just about to open for the season. For starters, the island will be accessible seven days a week. Catch a daily ferry from the Battery Maritime Terminal, as well as from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on weekends and holidays. One change you might not like: The formerly gratis cruise will set you back 2 bucks, round-trip, though if you can shrug off your weekend hangover, the ride is free before noon on Saturdays and Sundays (children under 12 are always free). There’s no surcharge for bringing a bike, and riding a two-wheeler is one of the best ways to see the 172-acre harbor oasis.
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