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theartsdesk in New York: Over the Sea to Art Getaway Island

theartsdesk in New York: Over the Sea to Art Getaway Island

Where prime real estate is given over to artists-in-residence

Art Island: just 800 yards off the Manhattan skyline, an unattainable realtor's dreamJessica Bruah

When it’s 33 degrees and rising, boarding a ferry in New York has to be a good plan. One of the newest and weirdest of the city’s watery destinations is Governors Island (no apostrophe - it was removed in 1783 when the British, who used it to house His Majesty’s Governors, surrendered it to New York state). It’s just 800 yards and 10 minutes away from Battery Park, with a terminal next to Staten Island’s, though the free ferry only runs on Fridays and weekends, when the island is open to the public. When the last ferry boat to New York leaves at seven - that is when there’s no evening concert: Roseanne Cash, She and Him and MIA played recently at the poetically named Watertaxi Beach - the island is completely empty.

Governors Island was sold to the Dutch by its Native American owners for two axe heads, a string of beads and a few nails

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I think it would be fun to go to this island! It looks like it has great art work, which interests me alot!

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