OUT PROFESSIONALS’ LATEST SATURDAY ADVENTURE WHISKS YOU TO THE IDYLLIC URBAN OASIS OF GOVERNORS ISLAND.
On Saturday, August 16, begin your trip through time with a brief and breezy ferry ride from the tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, long off limits to New Yorkers.
Soon you’re nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, wandering among stately old brick buildings and enjoying camera-ready views of the Lower Manhattan skyline less than 1000 yards away.
In Dutch and British colonial times, Governors Island was pasture, timberland, game preserve and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
Today it’s a National Monument and city-administered public park, where well-tended lawns play host to Revolutionary War re-enactments and contemporary art installations.
On Saturday, August 16, Out Professionals makes Governors Island the centerpiece of a two-for-one walking tour and mixer. Bring a guest, free! Afterwards, network, socialize or just unwind back at Fraunces Tavern, where Washington bid farewell to his officers.
Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Joyce teaches New York history at New York University and the New School.
Highlights of her Governors Island tour include:
. Castle Williams, a circular fort built in the years leading up to the War of 1812 to help protect New York City from naval attack.
. Glimpses of Gatsby-era flappers and sporting gents headed for the Island’s ninth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party.
. Spectacular views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York’s harbor.
We meet between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. (not a minute later!) at the light-green Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. Look for the Governors Island slip, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. Subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4/5 to Bowling Green. Directions from where you are: hopstop.com
This 2-4-1 Governors Island tour takes place rain or shine. (Caution: Bags subject to search by Governors Island security personnel. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited and will be confiscated.) Open-ended mixer begins about 4 p.m. at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street at Broad Street, NY 10004, a few minutes walk from the South Street ferry terminal. Refreshments on your own.
NEW! TWO-FOR-ONE ADMISSION
Nonmember, $25 for two, RT ferry fare included. Dues-paying OP Member, just $20 for two, RT ferry included. The personalized nature of this tour requires us to limit the number of participants. To avoid disappointment, register here now.
IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!
A one-year individual Out Professionals Membership (new or renewal) PLUS admission for two to “Guardian of the Harbor: The Walking Tour and Mixer” is yours for just $75. And remember, that buys you a year’s worth of low-cost or no-cost networking and socializing. Order here.