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    Governors Island

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Where To Eat

During the public access season:

  • On weekends, the Governors Island Food Court showcases a number of food truck/cart vendors that serve a variety of fare, from burgers and ice cream to jerk chicken and empanadas!
  • You may also feel free to bring a picnic lunch. Picnic tables and shaded green-space is available.
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring alcohol or any glass bottles onto the island. Beer and wine is available for purchase on the island at the Governors Beach Club.
  • There are also many eating establishments in Lower Manhattan. Feel free to bring your favorite take-out to the island!


Did You Know?

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.