Governors Island, situated between Manhattan and Brooklyn, within a stone’s throw of Lady Liberty, used to be a military base that was sold to the city for public use in 2003. Nowadays you can rent bikes and explore the different gardens, view dilapidated homes, art parks, a castle, a park filled with hammocks (which hundreds of kids have sat in whilst eating rapidly melting ice creams – you have been warned). My favorite part of Governors Island? The boat ride over. I love being on the water and observing the city from a different vantage point. I’m one of those people who enjoys taking the Staten Island Ferry just for the hell of it. It’s free y’all! And you get a 25 minute boat ride each way. The GI ferry, which docks next to the SI ferry, is about 6 minutes from port to port. Much too short. Also, the GI ferry runs only at the top of the hour and as I arrived at 11:02am, I had an hour to kill before boarding the next available ferry. Hence, the first photo you see is from the South Street Seaport (which used to be a crappy tourist destination but is currently undergoing much needed renovations including the most awesome urban dog park I’ve ever seen).