Governors Island Walk

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Taught by James Hoffman

James Hoffman is a seasoned licensed New York City tour guide with over a decade of experience. He’s set up an array of sightseeing walks and bike tours that span from iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

When he's not leading tours he runs open board game nights at and donates his time to the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), working alongside fellow guides to promote live tour guides.

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Despite years of history, for most New Yorkers Governors Island might as well have popped out of the ocean when it became open to the general public in 2003. Join Albert and James for a 90-minute walk through this amazing facet of the New York harbor.

We’ll talk about cross-dressing Governors, the Wright Brothers, Revolutionary War submarines, the first gay rights organization in America, hammocks, a landmark case for freedom of speech, mini-golf, Cold War politics and more. In addition we will get some AMAZING views of lower Manhattan, Statue of Liberty and the New York harbor. We will also pay our respects to a ventilation shaft.

This walk meets at Governors Island, and you'll receive exact meeting instructions the day before the walk.

During the weekends there are ferries going to Governors Island from both Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can also use the East River Ferry to get there as well. Check here for directions and to see which is most convenient for you. There is also a kayak dock in case you are awesome. Currently no zip line access.



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