Andrea F

Day 40: Free Bike Fridays on Governors Island

In Governors Island, NYC for free, NYC Sports and Recreation, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on July 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm


Feel like taking a bike ride but lack the wheels with which to do so? Take the ferry over to Governors Island, a centuries-old former military base that lies a half mile south of Manhattan’s Southern tip. Just off the boat take a left to the bike tent where on Friday’s you can rent a bicycle and ride free for an hour on over five miles of car-free rode. The perimeter of the island offers views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty of course, but inside the island, turn off on side streets for a closer look at old Army and Coast Guard buildings including two 19th century fortifications, Fort Jay and Castle Williams, historic homes along Colonel’s Row, two chapels, even a movie theater. Ferries depart Manhattan every hour beginning at 10am, but go early. The later it gets, the bigger the crowd.


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