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The Definitive 2018 Summer Bucket List for New York City

You’ve already seen an outdoor movie, had drinks on a boat, checked out several rooftop bars, checked out the new eats at Smorgasburg, spent a day poolside and eaten on several patios — your generic summer to-do list is moving along. But each year brings with it a handful of experiences...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:09pm

Thank Grey Goose for Governors Island's new late Saturdays

Governors Island is angling to be your new late-night hangout. First, Friday night ferry service was extended through 10 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend for the rest of the summer, and beginning July 7 they’re doing the same on Saturday nights — all the way until 11 p.m. You’ve got...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:55pm

Governors Island gets a free outdoor movie series this summer

There's a major new addition to the city's most scenic spots to watch an outdoor movie this summer. For the first time ever, Governors Island will have its own outdoor film series beginning in June. The theme will be Escape in New York, nodding to the island’s changing role in modern...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:48pm

How to get to Governors Island

Governors Island is the closest thing New York City has to a true locals-only secret spot. Tourists may cruise the harbor, but what’s this little green island got that Manhattan doesn’t? Little do they know. While more visitors than ever are flocking to the city, when New Yorkers need...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 12:43pm

8 new reasons to get excited about Governors Island in 2018

Getting away from it all in New York City takes just 8 minutes. That’s how long the ferry ride is to Governors Island, once a military bulwark that protected New York Harbor and now an idyllic trip to New England with Statue of Liberty views. Still slightly under the radar (or at least not...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:07pm

Add glamping to the things you can do on Governors Island

Camping is coming to New York City limits this spring. Sleeping under the stars will be a reality when luxury tents by Collective Retreats pop up (for three years) on Governors Island. The “unique, environmentally-friendly overnight lodging” will have views of the Statue of Liberty,...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 6:53pm

Governors Island goes all in on Halloween with tons of events

Fall may not seem like the season to think about going to an island, but that’s because you’ve never had the chance to experience Governors Island when the seasons change. This year, the city’s summer playground extended its season by two months, through Oct. 31. That means you...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:56pm

The best fall festivals in New York City

Many of us didn’t wait until the start of fall on Sept. 21 to bust out the sweaters and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Now that it’s officially here, there’s tons of seasonal fun kicking off with apple harvests, pumpkin patches and fall festivals right in the city and just a short trip...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:48am

Adults welcome at these pop-up summer playgrounds

New York City is really turning into one big urban playground this summer. The headliner is, rightly, the Bronx Zoo’s new adventure zones, including a zipline that takes you over the Bronx River and a kid-friendly Nature Trek, and let's not forget all the amazing and totally free public...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 8:08am

Visit the past during Transit Museum’s Vintage Bus Bash

New Yorkers flocking to Governors Island this weekend will get to see a blast from the past — actually, four of them. The New York Transit Museum is bringing bring four vintage buses to the East River island for the first Bus Bash since 2015. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the buses,...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 5:02am

Everything that must be on your 2017 NYC summer bucket list

There’s nothing quite like New York City in the summer. With so much going on across the five boroughs from June to September, where do you even begin? We did the hard work for you and came up with the ultimate 2017 summer bucket list for our fair city. Visit the Bronx Zoo Zoos don...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1:01pm

10 (mostly free!) New York activities for families this summer

Between sunny days and school break, summer serves up tons of opportunities for quality family time. We've gathered some amazing kid-friendly options (most of them free!) to get you started enjoying the best season to be a kid in New York City. Nonstop fun in Hudson River Park As soon as...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:17pm

Writing On It All turns anyone into a (totally legal) graffiti artist

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, but that doesn't mean your NYC event schedule is any less packed. DANCE  DanceAfrica It’s a milestone year for BAM’s oldest festival of culture and history, DanceAfrica, marking its 40th year. This season’s...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 8:57am

13 amazing things you must do on Governors Island in 2017

All it takes to feel a world away from New York City is a short ferry ride to Governors Island. Sitting just south of Lower Manhattan, the island has transformed in recent years into a must-visit site for music fans, art lovers and anyone craving a total escape from city life. With a record 585,...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:41pm