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
Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Local

Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…

Local

NYPD arrest man after finding body inside plastic…

Police said they found a man stuffed inside a plastic container in a Brooklyn home. Authorities arrested Joshua Simser, 24, in connection to the death

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.