Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York Day 1: Governors Island and Manhattan

Next up: family time! We drove back to New York and went to visit Steve's brother and our soon-to-be sister-in-law Ari. Ari had to work during the day, but Adam was able to find a little time to hang out with us, which was great.

The first day we headed to Governor's Island. The island has a long military history, but within the past few years has been restored into a family-friendly destination. It is a 15-minute ferry from Battery Park and costs $2. Once you are on the island there quite a bit to do.

 
Adam was nice enough to watch the girls for 45 minutes while Steve and I took a bike ride together around the island. The island is now 172 acres, but was originally only 69 acres, before material was deposited from excavating a part of the subway back in 1912. So it is pretty easy to cover the island on a bike in a short amount of time. Part of it is still being renovated and is scheduled to be done next year.


There are cool art installations on part of the island as well as a putt putt course.


Some of the original buildings.

Newly manicured landscaping in front the main building.

Eloise loving the day.

Interactive art.

 
 They had interesting playgrounds for kids. This swing looked like a bird's nest. 

Harriet flying her kite. 

 
Resting on the hammocks with a beautiful view of Manhattan with the Freedom tower in the background. 

Back in Manhattan, we pretty much only had time to visit the 9/11 memorial before heading back to Brooklyn. The place was packed with tourists, as you can imagine. We had a great day and by the end we were all exhausted.

1 comment:

laehmc said...

Love the photo's and thrilled you are visiting each other!
love,
mom/Bubbe