In its prior life, Governors Island has served as a Coast Guard Base, but today its a public park. Part of the island is run by the National Park Service as a national historic landmark while the rest of it is run by the state and city. Since there are no bridges to the island, the only way to get there is by boat. Thankfully, there are free ferries on the weekends from the Battery Maritime Building that run pretty much every half hour and from Brooklyn Bridge Park every 10 minutes (see the schedule here). The ride itself takes less than 5 minutes.
|Aerial view courtesy of NYTimes.com|
I definitely wouldn't come to Governors Island on a long run day and you should check to make sure there isn't some huge festival before planning your running trip, but it's a really nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city. I'm already planning a return run.