Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk

1.5 hours at easy pace with optional extension at own pace. (Please note: This is a repeat of the October 1 trip to Governors Island.) 

 Part One: Guided history walk of the island. Easy pace.

We’ll be among the first to enjoy the island during the autumn as 2017 is the first year Governors Island is open to the public through October. Rhonda Heise Asher (volunteer with the Friends of Governors Island) will lead the 1.5 hour tour – especially designed for Shorewalkers – and will cover both the history and the new developments of the island. Terrain is mostly flat, ending at a big hill that is optional (though it offers the best views of New York Harbor!). 

Part Two: Optional extension at your own pace. After the guided tour, Shorewalkers may head back to the ferry or extend the walk with a hike around the circumference of the island at their preferred pace.  

Meeting Location: Governors Island, Soissons Landing Welcome Center, north side of island. Hike leader Rhonda Heise Asher will meet the group at the large map. You’ll see the map at the top of stairs to your left as you arrive on Governors Island from the Manhattan ferry. 

Meeting time: 11:15am. 

Directions: Take the Governors Island Ferry that departs lower Manhattan at 11:00am from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street, just east of the Staten Island ferry terminal). Allow time for first-come/first-served boarding.Fare: The 11:00 ferry is free. (The return ride from Governors Island is also free.)

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Water/Food: Bring water. Since it’s late in the season, food to purchase on the island may be limited. It’s wise to bring your own snack/lunch. 

Weather: In case of iffy weather, cancellation will be posted by 8:00 am on the day of the walk. 



Hike leader: Rhonda Heise Asher Phone: 917-847-1536 (text  preferred) Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Event date: 10- 22-2017 11:15 AM
Members Free
Hikeleader Rhonda Heise Asher
Phone 917-847-1536 (text preferred)
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