Celebrate Africa on Film and Beyond – on Governors Island

This Saturday (September 14th), take a day trip over to Governors Island to experience a Family Day celebrating Africa and the diaspora!

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Governor’s Island Opens Next Week!

We’re just a week away from the brand new season at Governors Island!
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Governors Island Opens

Governors Island springs to life on May 1st!

The Island bills itself as “The Easiest Way To Get Away”, and its new season (May 1 to October 31) spirits you away to a plethora of exciting and diverse programs.

Kicking off the season, the Island will host several special events in May. On May 12, NYC Bhangra will celebrate the start of spring with Holi Hai, a free festival featuring traditional Indian and Nepali dance, music and celebration in a sea of color. For classical music lovers, Rite of Summer will host free concerts throughout the season, starting with performances in Colonels Row on May 19. Returning for its 14th year, the Friends of Governors Island will present its annual free Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 27, featuring live music, theatrical performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and hands-on education for families.”

Special Island events include the aforementioned NYC Holi Hai – Spring Color Festival, Rite of Summer and Family Fun Day Festival, along with:

The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – a hit at last summer’s Waterside concert, “Dancing Under the Stars“!

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra - at Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island (Photo from: jazzagelawnparty.com )
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Lots to do and explore at the Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Island Outpost, the HoloCenter and Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Pre-History of Governors Island.

Not to mention: There’s Ziplining! And Slide Hill.

Girl slides down slide on hill -Slide Hill on Governors Island
Slide Hill on Governors Island (Photo from: govisland.com )

And much more!

Ferries will be free opening week through May 6.

And beginning Memorial Day (the last Monday of May, May 28), there’s even extended hours on Fridays – staying open until 10pm.

A Ferry to Sweets: Ride the Astoria Ferry to Dessert Goals

Ferry your way to desserts!

Catch the Astoria route ferry at 34th Street March 17th/18th or 24th/25th and head to Dessert Goals.

If you haven’t taken the Astoria ferry, it stops at:

  • Wall St./Pier 11
  • East 34th Street
  • Long Island City
  • Roosevelt Island
  • Astoria
Woman and man hanging out on NYC Ferry
Photo from NYC Ferry’s Instagram at @nyc_ferry

To learn more about events and places you can get to via nearby ferries, take a look at the NYC Ferries blog: ferry.nyc/blog/

Now back to desserts:

We mentioned Dessert Goal‘s event last year, because who can resist an event with Instagram pictures like these:

Push up cake pops - at Dessert Goals
From Dessert Goals’ Instagram (@omgdessertgoals) “Push up cake pops from @thepopcakeshop”
Toaster pastry - at Dessert Goals
From Dessert Goals’ Instagram (@omgdessertgoals): “You’ll never want to eat a standard toaster pastry after trying @megpiesnyc! These artisanal tarts are seriously raising our standards”
Donuts from Under West Donuts - at Dessert Goals
From Dessert Goals’ Instagram (@omgdessertgoals): Donuts from @underwestdonuts

It’s now their fourth fest in NYC! This one has exclusive desserts as well as “a savory Salt Bar to ‘cleanse your palette'” and you’ll also get “access to an outdoor deck on the water with panoramic views of Manhattan”.

We have that too – so if you bring back some desserts, you can enjoy them on the Plaza!

Waterside Plaza in Manhattan overlooking the East River - plaza with bright yellow chairs
Photo of Waterside’s Plaza by Steven Bart (katahdinphotogallery.com and @gurubart on Instagram)