Governors Island will open one month early for the 2017 season, according to Gothamist.
On May 1, visitors will get a chance to experience Governors Island in the spring, something that has never happened before. As with most summer landmarks, the island generally opens around Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer. But this year the season will extend, offering New Yorkers a chance to delight in the food, culture, and parks of Governors Island for an extra month.
“An extra month on Governors Island means more arts, culture, and outdoor time for New York families. We are proud of the focused progress that got us to a spring opening this year, and will note that a May Day opening stands as a symbol of changes as we create a more livable and affordable city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Ronay Menschel, Chair of the Trust for Governors Island, said, "With the Hills and stunning harbor views, an ever-expanding rotation of arts and cultural programming, and now a longer public season, Governors Island continues to be a unique public resource for all New Yorkers.” The Hills features fun slides, sweeping views, and more.
Along with the news of an early opening, a new restaurant, Island Oyster, was also announced. The restaurant will feature sustainably sourced seafood and guests will sit in a garden-like setting.
However, in spite of this happy news a beloved fixture of the island is in major risk of closing. FIGMENT, an artist-designed mini golf course, will not be able to return for its 10th season if its Kickstarter campaign is unsuccessful. You have until Feb. 2 to donate to the cause.
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