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Governors Island open to the public!

I used to live there... its well worth visiting!



With a "First Day of Summer" kick-off, the National Park Service begin guided tours of Governors Island on Monday, June 21.

The 90 minute long, 1.5 mile walking tours will be offered on a regular schedule starting June 22, Tuesdays through Fridays at 10 AM and 1 PM through September 3. Tours are open to the general public and are free, but there is a ferry transportation fee of $5 for adults and children over 13, and $3 for children 5-12 years.

Ferry tickets are available on first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the tour. No advance purchases or reservations for groups or individuals are possible. The ferry tickets are good only for the day and time they are sold. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Ferry tickets are sold ONLY at the South Street Seaport Museum ticket booth on Pier 16 starting at 8:30 AM. Pier 16 is located on the East River at Fulton and South Streets. Ferry tickets for the morning and afternoon tours will be sold at that time and should sell quickly.

The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, about 1/2 mile or a 20 minute walk from South Street Seaport at 10 South Street. The ferry departs promptlly at 10 AM and 1 PM. A ticket is required to board the ferry. Tickets are only available at the Pier 16 ticket booth. No tickets are sold or available at the Battery Maritime Building or on the Governors Island ferry.

The National Park Service ranger-guided tours are a vigorous 1.5-mile walk. All are welcome, but please note there is no food service and only limited medical facilities and restrooms on the island.

Comments

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mcfnord
Jun. 16th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
you used to live there?
blaneyphoto
Jun. 16th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Yes... It was a Coast Guard base prior to its closing... way back (1940's) it was an army base. The Wright Bro's made the first flight over NYC by taking off from there...
bitpuddle
Jun. 16th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'd like to walk around there.
papayas
Jun. 16th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
that's very cool- i'll have to look into it when i'm next in NY...

do you have any pictures with which to further entice us?
papayas
Jun. 17th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
thanks for sharing these images with me. are these just what was left of the army base?

and you posted a picture of yourself in uniform not too long ago. what is your job? i should recognize the logo, though- something medical? EMT?
blaneyphoto
Jun. 17th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
That's pretty much what the historical end of the island looks like as of last year... the industrial/military end (south) is off limits... besides, do you really want to see an abandoned McDonalds on your trip...!??

And yes... me in uniform... that was actually my wife's idea. I was on my way to a funeral for the first soldier killed in action in Iraq from our town in NJ. You probably wouldn't guess that from the photo.... and yes, EMT.
papayas
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
i was right! :)

did you ever serve in the army, then? how is it that you came to live there?

those views of manhattan that you posted in the community are spectacular. even if the island itself was a giant concrete block, it would be worth it to pay a visit just for that view.
blaneyphoto
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
No... never in the army... My father/our family was stationed on the island twice. It was a Coast Guard base from the 40's -mid 90's. He was the in charge of the Officers Club/Chief or Police from 75-77 and Commanding Officer of the National Narcotic Border Interdiction System (Based out of World Trade 6) from 82-85ish...

And yes... It is worth the view no matter what!
papayas
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
wow, sounds like he was a very busy and important man, and the National Narcotic Border Interdiction System sounds rather intimidating.

how long have you been an EMT? i hear that it's very stressful and harrowing at times. has that been your experience?
blaneyphoto
Jun. 17th, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
Busy yes, important maybe... NNBIS was the intelligence agency for the drug war in the 80's...

Being an EMT CAN be rather stressful...!
papayas
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Present day... Think Ghost town...
also, i am sorry to hear about your town's loss. my hometown lost someone right in the beginning of the war, Lori Piestewa, and it was really a sad time.
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