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Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage to Open Decem­ber 17


The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island today announced the launch of the Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage, trans­form­ing his­toric Colonels Row into a des­ti­na­tion for sea­son­al ameni­ties. Open­ing Decem­ber 17, the Vil­lage will include a 5,000-square foot skat­ing rink for vis­i­tors of all ages to enjoy, along with sea­son­al activ­i­ties, fes­tive win­ter lights, games and food and drinks along­side warm­ing fire pits. The rink will be open Fri­days, week­ends and New York City pub­lic school hol­i­days, with oth­er activ­i­ties open sev­en days a week. 

We are so excit­ed to wel­come all New York­ers to the first pub­lic win­ter sea­son on Gov­er­nors Island. From ice skat­ing to hot choco­late by the fire, the Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage will pro­vide vis­i­tors of all ages with plen­ty of cold-weath­er fun and fes­tiv­i­ties while serv­ing as an amaz­ing kick-off to our inau­gur­al win­ter sea­son,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. In addi­tion to the city’s most dra­mat­ic skat­ing back­drop, Vil­lage vis­i­tors will enjoy some of the amaz­ing food trucks and excit­ing pro­gram­ming that makes the Island a great place to vis­it all year long.” 

In addi­tion to the rink, the Vil­lage will fea­ture bike and sled rentals from Blaz­ing Sad­dles NYC and win­tery activ­i­ties includ­ing lawn games like corn­hole, can jam and giant Jen­ga; fire pits; win­ter arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming and a sparkling dis­play of hol­i­day lights through­out his­toric Colonels Row. The Trust will also dis­play a his­toric Coast Guard-era fire truck at the Win­ter Vil­lage, pro­vid­ing a charm­ing pho­to op for visitors. 

Lit­tle Eva’s will anchor the Win­ter Village’s food and bev­er­age options and will debut a new sea­son­al menu, com­plete with warm drinks and new takes on their clas­sic com­fort food like brats, veg­an chili, fish and chips and more. An eclec­tic array of week­end food trucks, plus Joe Cof­fee — open dai­ly inside LMCC’s Arts Cen­ter at Gov­er­nors Island and in the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing fer­ry ter­mi­nal — round out the Island’s win­ter eats.

The ice rink will be open Fri­days from noon to 5pm and Sat­ur­days and Sun­days from 10am to 5pm, with extend­ed hours avail­able for youth, adult and non­prof­it sports leagues and asso­ci­a­tions (inter­est­ed orga­ni­za­tions should email info@​govisland.​org). The rink will also fea­ture events, activ­i­ties and Free Admis­sion Fri­days,” with admis­sion fees waived for all vis­i­tors every Friday.

Ice skat­ing beneath the tow­er­ing trees, grab­bing a hot choco­late over a roar­ing fire, or sim­ply admir­ing the hol­i­day light dis­play — what could be a more charm­ing way to spend a win­ter after­noon?” said Mer­ritt Birn­baum, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. Gov­er­nors Island is already New York City’s favorite des­ti­na­tion for fun in the sun, and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to expe­ri­ence a whole new sea­son of activ­i­ties in this spe­cial place.”

In Sep­tem­ber, May­or Bill de Bla­sio and the Trust announced that start­ing in 2021 Gov­er­nors Island will be open to the pub­lic year-round for the first time in his­to­ry. Gov­er­nors Island is open dai­ly from 7am to 6pm and is acces­si­ble by fer­ry. Fer­ries oper­at­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island run dai­ly from the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing at 10 South Street in Man­hat­tan. A round trip fer­ry tick­et costs $3 for adults and is free for seniors 65 and over, chil­dren 12 and under, NYCHA res­i­dents, IDNYC hold­ers, for­mer and active mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers and for every­one on week­ends before noon. Fer­ry reser­va­tions and sched­ules can be found at gov​is​land​.org/​ferry.

Gov­er­nors Island’s award-win­ning park is open to the pub­lic every day, along with restrooms, recre­ation activ­i­ties like bike rentals and Ham­mock Grove, The Hills, Pic­nic Point and more. The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island’s pub­lic art com­mis­sions, includ­ing work from Duke Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Dion and Mark Hand­forth are also cur­rent­ly on view through­out the Island.

Start­ing lat­er this year, NYC Fer­ry will serve Gov­er­nors Island dai­ly, year-round begin­ning with the launch of the Coney Island Route. NYC Fer­ry will serve Gov­er­nors Island’s Yan­kee Pier via the South Brook­lyn Route, expand­ing direct access from Red Hook, Atlantic Ave/​Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 6, DUMBO/​Fulton Fer­ry, and Cor­lears Hook in the Low­er East Side for Gov­er­nors Island vis­i­tors and grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of ten­ants. NYC Ferry’s week­end shut­tle ser­vice from Wall Street/​Pier 11 will con­tin­ue to serve Gov­er­nors Island on Sat­ur­days and Sun­days until the launch of this extend­ed service.