Saturday, June 17, 2006

Stardate 60461.03 - Governor's Island

Today we met Francois and Michele at the Governor's Island ferry and finally went to Governor's Island. We took the noon ferry. This is something I've been wanting to do for at least a year, maybe two. Michele is about to move out of NYC, so this was one of our last events with her before she leaves.

Governor's Island was a military base, then was a Coast Guard base, but has been mostly abandoned for the past 10 years. It is a National Park, but it now also belongs to the City and State of New York and a Preservation and Education organization is determining what is to be done with it. It is quite close to Manhattan, and is eerily quiet and abandoned-looking for being so close to the city.

As soon as we got there we took a guided tour of the grounds around the senior officers' quarters, including the Vice-Admiral's house. You couldn't go into any of these, and you can see from the picture here of a house on Colonel's Row that things are in a state of disrepair.

We took a picnic lunch and ate while we listened to the music show. As you can see, there were not many people there.

Afterwards, we walked by the water but then Loren started getting fussy so we headed back to Manhattan on the 2:30 PM return ferry.


1 comment:

FreeThinker said...

Thanks for shring this post. I grew up on Governors Island, in a building just to the right of where y'all are standing (IMG_1795). And I'm planning on returning in August!