Govs Isle opens for the season
by Shane Miller
Jun 02, 2009 | 15977 views | 0 0 comments | 485 485 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Governors Island opened to the public this past weekend for another fun-filled summer on this New York Harbor jewel that is a mere 800 yards from Lower Manhattan.

Thousands flocked to the island, where there was a full day of music, theatre, arts and crafts, and, the real attraction, the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic, which featured Prince Harry of Great Britain playing alongside world-renowned polo players.

The event, which brought out polo aficionados in their suits and hats, as well as many newcomers to the sport in more relaxed attire, was a charity event to benefit the Friends of Sentebale Foundation, which was co-founded by Prince Harry to aid the people of Lesotho.

Governors Island has been a military outpost since the days of the Revolutionary War, when cannons stationed on the island by General George Washington fired some of the first shots in the Battle of Brooklyn. It was finally abandoned by the Coast Guard in the late nineties, and in 2001 was established as a national park.

Governors Island is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays this year from May 30 to October 11. It is free to visit the island, and a free ferry service goes to and from the island essentially on the half-hour from the Battery Maritime Building at the corner of South and Whitehall streets.

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