Homegrown Art Fair Takes Over Historic Mansions on Governors Island
New Yorkers looking to lap up the last warm days of summer in one of the city’s more historic green spaces, but who also want to dive head first into the art world’s first offerings of the season, will find a perfect marriage of both a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan on Governors Island.
Now in its eighth year, the Governors Island Art Fair occupies the former homes of Colonels Row, a grouping of regal brick houses that were occupied by high-ranking officers up until 1992. The houses are no longer private residences, and the island is no longer a military base, but the ghosts of the past will mingle with contemporary art around every crumbling corner beginning September 5 and running every weekend through the end of the month. A ferry ride to Governors Island costs $2, but admission to the fair is free.