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Public Transportation

Governors Island is currently closed for public access. We are scheduled to re-open at the end of May, 2012. Please check back for exact dates. For more information please call us Monday - Friday at 212-825-3045 or visit us on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Information from the 2011 Season:

New York City Transit Buses:
Bus Service to Lower Manhattan in the area of the Battery Maritime Building include the M1, M6 and M15 buses. Visit www.mta.info or call 718-330-1234 for service updates. Bus schedule updates are posted every Friday.

New York City Transit Subways:
Lower Manhattan in the area of the Battery Maritime Building is served by three different subways. Please visit www.mta.info for the latest updates.

The 4/5 train at Bowling Green:
Walk across the park towards the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Battery Maritime Building is to the left as you face the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

The R train at Whitehall/South Ferry:
Walk across the street to the Battery Maritime Building.

The 1 train at South Ferry:
Take the 1 train to South Ferry. Walk up the stairs or escalator. The Battery Maritime Building will be right next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal on the southeast side.

Long Island Railroad (LIRR):

  • The train will take you from Long Island to Pennsylvania (Penn) Station.
  • From Penn Station, take the 1 train to Lower Manhattan.

Metro North:

  • This train will take you from north of Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal
  • From Grand Central Terminal, take the the 4/5 train to Lower Manhattan.

Inter-state Bus Service to Lower Manhattan:
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the interstate bus terminal closest to Governors Island. The R, W, and 1 subway trains are available at Times Square, a few blocks west on 42nd Street.

Commercial Ferry Service to Lower Manhattan:
The closest commercial ferry service to the Battery Maritime Building is Pier 11 at South Street and Wall Street on the East River. Pier 11 is served by ferries from the East and Hudson Rivers, New Jersey and the proposed shuttle ferry service from LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The Battery Maritime Building is about 3 blocks southwest on South Street, or about a 7 minute walk from Pier 11.

Did You Know?

Garrison Davidson as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1958. Later commander of U.S. First Army, Governors Island 1960-1964.

By the time General Davidson Garrison retired as commander of U.S. First Army on Governors Island in 1964, he had graduated from Stuyvesant High School, played football at West Point, was one of the winningest football coaches at the U.S. Military Academy, and served under the two most demanding generals in the U.S. Army, George S. Patton in World War II and Douglas MacArthur in Korea.