Governors Island Will Reopen On July 15th

By Jen Carlson.

Governors Island will reopen to the public on July 15th, about two months after they would typically open for the season. The announcement was made this morning, along with some changes for the Island and the ferries.

Manhattan ferries will continue to run out of the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, but the Brooklyn ferries, which are usually located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will relocate (on July 18th) to Red Hook’s Atlantic Basin.

Additionally, the ferries will be free to all NYCHA residents, seniors and select community-based organizations. “Equitable access to open spaces in our city has never been more important,” said Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “This summer, Governors Island will be an affordable, local getaway for New Yorkers who need it most. We’ve focused on a plan to make the Island more accessible to New Yorkers in areas underserved by parks this season.”

On the Island, as well as on ferries, there will be limited capacity. This will be done through a new ticket reservation system. The Trust of Governors Island will also “launch a number of health, safety and social distancing protocols upon reopening.”