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New Attractions Await Visitors on Governors Island

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Governors Island is welcoming visitors with special holiday activities this weekend and extra ferry service to get there. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

It starts with a quick ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, barely 10 minutes long. Before you know it, you have a different perspective of the city and its harbor.

"It has this incredible sense of openness and the most awesome views in New York City," said The Trust For Governors Island President Leslie Koch.

Koch gave NY1 an early morning look Thursday at the former Army and Coast Guard base, most of it managed by a city created not-for-profit called The Trust For Governors Island. The tour included a surrey ride which is one of the things visitors can do there this summer. It's the first time Governors Island is open for the public to enjoy seven days a week. So you could pop over on a weekday or...

"You can come on the weekends when there's festivals, performances, exhibitions, all kinds of things to do," Koch said.

And weekends you can also get here from Pier 6 in Brooklyn or on the Est River Ferry. Visitors can enjoy 30 new acres of parkland. Besides the views, like of that famous lady of the harbor, there is a play area and ballfields. If you just want to relax, this may be the place for you: Hammock Grove.

"A 10 acre area with lots of trees but more importantly 50 hammocks for you to enjoy," Koch added.

The island also offers free bike borrowing weekday mornings. And let me tell you, cycling is a great way to get around the island. You can see the Nolan Park section with its distinctive homes plus National Park Service historic sites like Castle Williams. There is also fun stuff like artist inspired mini golf, a treehouse, and a sand beach beer garden.

"Governors Island is truly a special place as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have already discovered. But I have to say, and of course I'm bias because I work here, it's even more magical now than ever before," Koch said.

For more information on everything going on on Governors Island this summer just head to their website at govisland.com.

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