Escape to an island in New York City

Governor's Island Credit: Facebook
Enjoy a great view at Governor’s Island.
Credit: Facebook

Sometimes you need to get away from the city, but not for long. Those days are perfect for one of the islands dotting Manhattan’s borders, many of which are jam-packed with summer activities. If you haven’t made it out to one, it’s not too late! From African festivals to electric music, here are some events to check out before summer ends.

Governors Island

Get on wheels when the Skate Truck NYC stops by Governors Island in New York Harbor, providing roller-skating equipment for anyone who wants to skate. The mobile truck rents out roller skates and inline skates around the city in spots like Central Park. The company also provides skate lessons, so channel your inner middle schooler at a birthday party and strap on the skates.
July 27 and 28
Aug. 11, 24, 25 and 31
Sept. 1 and 2

One of the buzziest events of summer, the Jazz Age Lawn Party, has its second weekend extravaganza in August. The ferry over to Governors Island is filled with people sporting flapper dresses and 1920s accessories, and on the island’s lawn, live jazz and dance performance are surrounded by games and gourmet food for all ages.
Aug. 17 and 18

The African continent is on display in the African Film Festival in August, which hosts films about Africa’s vibrant culture. Before or after a film, stop by an African dance class from superb instructors hailing from Brazil, Senegal and Guinea. The event also includes drumming, free storytelling and quilting demonstrations. You can also snack on African cuisine.
Aug. 4

Randall’s Island

The Electric Zoo Festival returns to Randall’s Island Park during the Labor Day weekend. Randall’s Island, if you haven’t yet been, is along the East River between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, and it also hosted the Governors Ball music festival earlier this summer. Huge crowds attend this electronic dance music festival, which features performances ranging from the duo Above & Beyond to Connecticut native Audien.
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1

Roosevelt Island

If you haven’t yet taken the tram to Roosevelt Island, it’s time to stop by this sliver of land in the East River. Stop by on the tram, or the F train, for the last few films in their outdoor Summer Movie Series, which features “Brave” July 27, “Rocky” Aug. 10 and “Inception” Aug. 24. Swing by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, which has an exhibition, “Signs of Times Gone By,” through the end of July featuring signs and markers from around the island.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @reporteralison



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.