What’s doing at Governors Island this summer

Governors Island is at a new stage of accessibility, since it is now open all year and there are even late night ferries for some visitors. But summer is still the season for the island, and there’s a bunch of new stuff going on. There are also some new seating areas on the west side that look especially tempting. (Pics below.) The island’s vibe is going to change with all this development, so this might be the last truly wild season.

To see the current list of food vendors on both the waterfront and at Liggett Terrace, click here. Glamping is here, and the ferry schedule is here.

The outdoor, faux-tropical bar/night club “garden of love” that was on the 2 Hudson Square site at Grand and Varick is opening on Governors, and while the site is still under construction, it will be quite expansive and pretty cool. The views are great since it’s being built on a little knoll overlooking the East River. More TK on that.

The Arts Center, which is right at the ferry dock on the right as you walk up the hill, will have exhibits up through Oct. 30, on view Friday and Saturday, noon to 7, and Sundays noon to 6. The artists include Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin with Sun Seekers; Elizza Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young with Back and Song; and Simon Benjamin with Pillars. The gallery is free.

The landscaping sheep, on loan from a farm in Albany, are back for their second season, and will help control invasive plant species (they happen to love phragmites) in the hammock grove. In case you want to greet them by name, they are Flour, Sam, Evening, Chad and Philip Aries.

Film at Lincoln Center will present “The Wiz” on Friday, August 5, on the Parade Ground, kicking off at 7pm and films beginning at dusk. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including a beer garden by Threes Brewing along with food from Pizza Yard and additional Governors Island vendors to be announced.

The Trust for Governors Island released a request for interest last summer for the development of 30 acres on the southeast corner of the island, and they have now whittled the pack down to four teams: CUNY, MIT, Northeastern and Stony Brook (aka SUNY Stony Brook). Those finalists can now refine their proposed curriculum and research program, design of facilities, phasing, and team members and structure. Responses to the RFP are due July 27. More TK.