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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?

U.S. Army Air Corps Colonel Hap Arnold in the 1930s.

Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.