May 3-Sept 25: Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm; Mon-Thu, closed; Oct-Apr, closed
The Governors Island Ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building. To get there by subway, take the 1 to South Ferry Station, the 4, 5 to Bowling Green, or the R to Whitehall St. Station. To get there by bus, take the M1 (weekdays only), M6, M9, or M15.
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After six years of being open to the public, Governors Island has its first official restaurant/bar/concert venue from Water Taxi Beach. Located on the island’s north side, the spot is different from the South Street Seaport outpost in that it’s only open on the weekends and only until early evening (excluding when there are scheduled concerts). Weekend afternoons bring in families popping by for a lunch of hot dogs and fries eaten on one of the many wooden picnic tables on the blacktop surrounding “the beach.” There’s also a selection of Italian sausage, chicken wings, vegetarian-friendly sides like coleslaw and grilled corn, and ice cream from the walk-up counter. Younger folk go for the sand, either volleying over the volleyball net or sunbathing with a cup of sangria in hand. Beers on tap include Ommegang and Sixpoint, and there’s an assortment of top-shelf liquors including Johnny Walker Black Label. But the venue’s best asset is its big stage, located behind the two basketball hoops, where ticket holders can watch well-known names like Mos Def or the B52s alongside prime Manhattan views.Note
Water Taxi Beach is also open during Governors Island events and concerts.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.