New York City Events Calendar
Big City Happenings
For the latest happenings at the hotel and in the area, refer to our New York City events calendar. Hotel Wales is conveniently located near endless theatres, venues, restaurants, bars and beyond. Refer to our calendar for upcoming events in Upper East Side Manhattan that can’t be missed!
- May 25th, 2013
No summer in New York is complete without a trip to Governors Island, the car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay. Hop on the free ferry from Manhattan and check out the best things to do this summer!
A seven-minute ride on a free ferry takes you to this seasonal island sanctuary, a scant 800 yards from lower Manhattan. Thanks to its strategic position in the middle of New York Harbor, Governors Island was a military outpost and off-limits to the public for 200 years. It finally opened to summer visitors in 2006. The verdant, 172-acre isle still retains a significant chunk of its military-era architecture, including Fort Jay, started in 1776, and Castle Williams, which was completed in 1812 and used as a prison. The 22-acre area containing the forts and historical officers’ residences is now a national landmark. Today, the island is jointly run by the city, the state and the National Park Service, and it provides a peaceful setting for cycling (bring a bike on the ferry, or rent from Bike and Roll once there). The island hosts a program of events, such as concert series and art exhibitions (see website for schedule), and where else can you have a picnic directly across from the Statue of Liberty?
Sat, Sun, holiday Mon 10am–7pm.
May 25–Sept 30, 2012