Sunday, September 23, 2012

Last Chances For the Island

Governors Island lies offshore of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Indians called it Paggank', for the Dutch it was Noten Eylant or Nut Island. According to Wikipedia the island's current name dated back to British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors. The island served as a army post from 1783 to 1966 and as a major United States Coast Guard installation from 1966 to 1996 after which it became property of New York City, however the island remained off limits 2003, when it was open to the public as a park on the weekend of the summer. This is the second to last weekend for the island after which it will hibernate for the winter. The ferries to pier 101 are free from Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan's Financial District. I'm going today. See yah There.

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