Sunset at Haleakala Crater—January 2005 © David Brotsky
I am pleased to invite you to our 8th Semi -Annual Governor's Island Outing! This year they have opened nearly all of the island and you can now walk/ bike for about 2 miles around the perimeter of the island and see some stunning views of NY Harbor. This event is suitable for all ages, and is great for families. hope you can come!
Any substantive chance of rain the forecast will cancel the event, but as of now the weather looks to be great for this date - as we get closer I will update this page and those coming on the weather.
Governors Island has some of the best real estate in NYC - it was a former coast guard base until a few years ago, and has recently been turned over to NY city and been opened up to public access only in the last few years. It has stunning views of lower manhattan, roller blading and biking opportunities, and tours and walks on the island , including in some of the buildings of the former coast guard base. They also have various music and art festivals during the summer.
They also have a newer area called the Hills, which has one manmade hill 65ft high that has stunning views of ny harbor!
There is also other new options such as Adventures at Governors Island, with a maze, ziplines and an tower climb, all at additional cost.... see below for details
There are many activities on the island - here is a site with pictures and details
Here are some highlights:
** Free tour of a historic fort, Fort Jay, with a moat! This is a national park and the rangers give tours...
** Free Tours of the ROOF of Castle Williams - here is a link to all of the national park service
** New Park areas, including over 50 hammocks!
** Slides for adults and kids!
** Adventures at Governors Island - maze, zipline and tower climbing challenge, all at additional cost
see here for details - https://govisland.com/things-to-do/activities/adventures-at-gi
** Bike Rentals - there are 2 miles of waterfront trails and you can bike around the buildings as well - its very fun!
Bike rentals cost $15 for 2 hours, and you can bring your own bike on the ferry if you like...there are also kid bikes and other types of bike rentals - see this link for more info
For more details of Governor's Island, visit the island's main website at:
$5 per adult—Early Bird, RSVP by 5/20
$10 per adult - Standard RSVP until 5/26
Families - $15 per family with up to 4 kids - Early Bird, RSVP by 5/20
$25 per family with up to 4 kids - Standard RSVP until 5/25
This is our standard, per event fee. These fees go towards general expenses and materials for events, such as the snacks and equipment I am bringing for all to use. The fee includes some nash I will bring for lunch, BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!
The ferry to the island from Brooklyn and lower manhattan is free until 11:30am, after that its $3 per adult and child 12 and over.
DATE: Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019
TIME: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
MEET ON THE ISLAND - 11:15 AT THE Building 110: LMCC's Art Center on Governor's Island, right next to where the Manhattan Ferry leaves people off....
RSVP DEADLINE - Midnight Saturday May 25, 2019
so we can have a sense of the amount of nash to bring -YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP ALSO if you like, but if you are not sure but think you are likely to come, let me know for planning purposes by the RSVP deadline - thanks!
WHERE: Governors Island
FERRY MEETING LOCATION/MANHATTAN:
We will meet on Governors Island, where the Manhattan Ferry lets out, next to the Main office and the LMCC Art Building 110 at 11:15.
The ferrys until 11:30 are free, but to ensure you get on the ferry ( which are at 10, and 11 from Manhattan and 11 and 11:30 from Brooklyn) you need to come early - so come no later than 10:30 for the 11:00 am ferry.... after 11:30 they are $3 per person, just on the way over - no charge to go home!
here is the entire ferry schedule, from manhattan and brooklyn
For those Meeting in Manhattan for the ferry, come by 10:30 AM to the BATTERY MARITIME BUILDING (10 South St), at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets, right NEXT TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY many know and love. The South Ferry Station is the closest subway stop). I will be on the island when you arrive. You will likely not get on until 11:00 Ferry if you dont come early, so we ensure that we have space on the boat .
These ferries get popular in summer, so I have found YOU NEED TO COME EARLY, SO WE ARE COMING 30 MINUTES BEFORE OUR FERRY - otherwise you need to wait for the next one, which is at 11:30.
From MANHATTAN, they leave twice per hour, from 10 AM, then 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM on the top and bottom of the hour ( 11:00, 11:30, etc), and return more or less on the same schedule.The ferry in manhattan leaves from the Battery Maritime Building
FROM BROOKLYN - Ferries leave every 30 minutes from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street), starting at 11:00 AM.
If you choose to come later but while I am still there, you can try TEXTING ME on my cell and see where we are. Let me know your name in the text. Lunch will probably be 1:00 to 2pm. We will determine the lunch location while on the island - hopefully we will be in the middle of the island near the fort or on the far side of the island in a shady spot! We will stay until the ferry that leaves to go back at 3:00 PM, but you can stay as long as you like
I intend to take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Manhattan. For those COMING BY CAR, its easy to park in lower manhattan on a Sunday (just no other time during the week!) However, READ THE SIGNS CAREFULLY WHERE YOU PARK, as they do have no parking areas even on Sundays in the lower manhattan area near the ferry.
Stunning views of lower manhattan, biking, roller blading, picnicing, walks,free kayaking and free tours of the island. I hope to bring some food and a bike over, take a tour and then have lunch with people who come. I will have some nash for all, but you can only take what you can wheel onto a ferry and carry.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING!
LUNCH, water, hat, suntan lotion, good walkings shoes for the urban hike - you may also bring roller blades, a BIKE, a sheet/cloth to sit on, games like bananagrams and frisbees along.
YOU MUST PAY IN ADVANCE FOR THIS EVENT
VIA PAYPAL AT THE END OF THE RSVP FORM
OR BY CHECK.
GIVEN THE SIZE OF THIS EVENT,
PEOPLE WHO DO NOT REGISTER PROPERLY,
DO NOT PAY IN ADVANCE, OR SUPPLY ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION
BY THE DEADLINES ABOVE WILL BE REJECTED.
point I will close this out. It could be as large! Register QUICKLY, so you don’t get closed out!
ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the payment/deposit , made out to “Davetrek LLC”
And mail it to:
c/o David Brotsky
206 West 99th St, Apt 1D
New York, NY 10025
In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Thursday, May 23, 2019. Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.
When you complete the RSVP form at the bottom of this page by selecting your activities, you will be directed to a paypal page and will be asked to log in and pay at PayPal’s site. Once you complete the RSVP form and pay via paypal, you will be considered fully registered.
The balance of any monies you might owe is due at the event. Please bring cash or checks (preferable) made out to “Davetrek LLC”. When you arrive you will need to go through registration complete any payments for the event.
Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.
Governors Island Tour and Outing Day!!
Monday May 27, 2019
PRICING AND RSVP FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE Midnight MONDAY, MAY 20
EVENT RSVP DEADLINE Noon Sunday May 26
You may cancel until TUESDAY, MAY 21. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval.
NO refunds or credits after TUESDAY MAY 21, 2019.
EVENT RSVP DEADLINE
NOON SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019
RSVP ON THE FORM BELOW