One of the most extravagant things is to have green land in the densest and busiest city in the world. Now, not only the most famous Central Park we can spend time with our friends and families, but also there is a new place to go – Governors Island, only 15 minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan. Time to experience this paradise away from the noise.
Governor Island, a small island that served the US military and its families, has been rebuilt since 1911. In 2003, it became a public place for sightseeing. During this period, the land of the island area has expanded nearly three times than before, to be the shape of today’s cone ice cream. Using the material of blown up the original buildings and parking lots on the island to build up the hills and recycling the stones of the old coastline. There are not only hotels, houses, and school on this small island, but mini farms, all in order to provide a new outdoor space for people who living and visiting in New York City to enjoy nature. They have spent so much effort on this small island, and today we only need to pay a $3 round-trip ticket to enjoy it, is it very cool?
My Secret Photography Spot
On this trip, you can take photos with the full view of lower Manhattan from the east river and also Statue of Liberty Island.
Governors Island opened to the public in 2016 and now offers ferries to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn every day. The ferry runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, and only Friday night is open until 10:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 pm. So every Friday and Saturday is the perfect time to take a photo of the sunset. Due to the location and time of the sunrise, we have no chance to see it until the general supervisor is fully open in the future.
My recommendation lens for the better shooting here is 24mm to 200mm, even longer focal length like 400mm to get close up shot of Statue of Liberty.
Do You Know: The giant granite scramble on Outlook Hill is made entirely of GRANITE BLOCKS from the old Island seawall. In 2012, The Trust replaced 1 mile of seawall with more resilient rip-rap revetment. The Harbor-facing side of Outlook Hill is made of LIGHTWEIGHT PUMICE – the same material used on your feet when you get a pedicure! Without it, the hill would be so heavy it would push the old Island fill below out into the Harbor.
More event info please visit: https://govisland.com
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