Despite having lived in Manhattan for 18 years, and being born in raised in Brooklyn before moving to Manhattan, there are a lot of places in the 5 boroughs that I’ve never been. I decided to go to Governors Island and have a look around. My mother was telling me about these “glamping” tents that she had been reading about and I figured that would be interesting to see. Going to Governors Island meant a trip on the ferry and I love the water so that appealed to me in a major way.
The ferry is free on weekends before noon, and $3 dollars after that and on the weekdays, which is a reasonable price. The trip is short, under ten minutes, but it’s fun to glide on the water, seeing other boats and the view of the skyline. You can almost pretend that you’re on a cruise. I’ve never been on a cruise, but it’s definitely on my list of things I want to do one day. Speaking of the skyline, this is the view when you finally land on Governors Island.
The sky was clear and the weather was nice and cool, making it perfect for exploring and picture taking. It was part of why I chose to go out that day. Most of the time the weather has been hot and sticky. When you get a gorgeous day in the middle of it you have to take advantage.
Of all the days to take the 35mm instead of the 55mm! I think the last time I used the 35mm was when I was in Italy in April. To be totally honest, I was regretting exchanging the 85mm. I could have gotten a better shot of the Statue of Liberty. I still like this one, but I just wish I could have been closer.
This place had frozen Mars bars, which as the day grew warmer, sounded really good. I did almost cave and buy a water because once again I forgot to bring a water with me, but I forgot about my thirst as I explored some more.
I really liked the beachy/tropical/island vibe this place had going on, with both the decor and the music. If I had the time (I started out late) and the money, I would have sat down for a drink and something to eat. Since I only had a few hours until closing to walk around, I snapped a few pictures and continued on my way.
This was only 1 of 2 street shots that I got that day. I don’t know if it was that it was the middle of the afternoon or if not that many people visit Governors Island, but I didn’t really see many people. This building is Castle Williams, a former prison. After I walked into the courtyard I saw a group with a tour guide, who was telling them the history of the place. Here is a good place to get some interesting background information.
Initially I was going for just a shot of the entrance, but this girl walked through and I realized it looked better with a person in it, walking through the gates. You obviously can’t walk into the tents, but you can walk inside the entrance and along the gates that surround the tents. I love the outdoors, but I would never do traditional style camping ever. Sleeping on the ground? Outside? With bugs? Hell to the no. Glamping is the only camping I’d ever do.
Some of the people inside had the flaps open, and it does look pretty nice. Big, comfortable looking beds, bathrooms, etc., but in a tent. It’s the best of both worlds. Sleeping outside without actually being outside. The sounds of the water, which no sound machine can accurately replicate, the way the city lights up after dark, and the tranquility of it all after the day explorers, such as myself, go home is very appealing. If I wasn’t saving for a trip to Cairo I’d be very tempted to at least spend a night in one of these tents. From what I’ve read, they can be quite expensive (not really a surprise for something in NYC), so it’s probably just as well. Either way, if you have the money, I say go for it.