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NYC's Governors Island Will Stay Open through the Fall

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Travel Editor
Updated: 19 July 2017
Just 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan rests Governors Island, the polar opposite to New York City in every way. Skyscrapers are replaced with historic buildings. Concrete laden avenues are swapped with quiet, tree-lined roads. Crowded subways are replaced with large, open expanses of parks. What was formerly a post for the United States Army, is now a mecca of leisure for nature-starved New Yorkers to flock to during the steamy, summer months.
Jazz Age Lawn Party 2011 | © Allison Meier/Flickr
Jazz Age Lawn Party 2011 | © Allison Meier/Flickr

Home to such anticipated events as the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party—a 1920s champagne-soaked fête worthy of Jay Gatsby himself—the Trust for Governors Island recently announced plans to keep the island open through October.

“With the inclusion of October, visitors are now able to take advantage of one of the region’s most unique public spaces during the spring, summer, and fall,” Trust for Governors Island president, Michael Samuelian, told Curbed NY.

Governors Island typically remains open solely during the summer months, making the recent decision to keep it open unprecedented. Expectedly, Governors Island will offer Fall-themed events for New Yorkers and travelers alike to enjoy, such as a “Night of 1,000 Jack O’ Lanterns” to feature elaborate pumpkin carvings from local artists.

New York City, which truly becomes an enviable beauty during the autumn months, is a magnet for its fall foliage in Central Park. Governors Island now offers people a chance to enjoy fall’s colors with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.