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More ferry service to shuttle Brooklynites to Gov. Island

Governors Island has become such a popular destination for Brooklyn residents that more ferry service will be offered between the borough and Governors Island, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation announced.

GIPEC announced a free ferry between the Fulton Ferry Landing and Governors Island on select summer weekend days. Due to popular demand, the free ferry will now be offered every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Ferries run every 20 minutes between Fulton Ferry Landing and Governors Island on these weekends.

This summer, Governors Island is also becoming a popular place for a wide array of Brooklyn based food and products, artists, and cultural groups. Earlier this season, Added Value, a non-profit organization based in Red Hook, planted a three acre sustainable organic farm at Picnic Point. The farm is open to the public and offers free educational programming for visitors.

Later this summer, Brooklyn’s own Blue Marble Ice Cream will begin scooping its homemade ice cream out of its eco-friendly trike. In addition, Water Taxi Beach at Governors Island sells several products made in the borough, including Park Slope sausages and Six Point Beer.

One of the Island’s summer exhibitions, PLOT 09/This World and Nearer Ones features installations from several Brooklyn-based artists including The Bruce High Quality Foundation. This September, the 4 Heads, an artist collective from Williamsburg, will bring their second annual art fair to Governors Island.

In another effort to connect Governors Island to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Port Authority announced a new dock at Pier 6. The new dock will allow commercial water taxis to land and provide ferry service between Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park, beginning next year.

Governors Island is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 11. Visitors can come to the Island to enjoy more than five miles of car free biking, picnic, take a tour, visit Picnic Point, and enjoy performances and art exhibitions.

For more on Governors Island and a full schedule of 2009 events, visit

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