America's Coolest City Parks
Governors Island, New York City
of lazing in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow or Great Lawn, you now have the option
to head south for eclectic art, food events, and even a sandy beach at this
former military base off the tip of lower Manhattan. For
circus geeks, there are flying trapeze lessons on the weekends; others rock out
to awesome waterfront concerts from the likes of M.I.A. and Passion Pit.
Getting to Governors Island has its own appeal: the free ferry ride from Manhattan’s
Battery Maritime Building or Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 offers panoramic
views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
Coolest Time to Visit: Fridays from late May through
early October, when hour-long bike rentals are free (normally $15 for adults).
The island has a car-free policy, so cyclists rule the roads.