It’s hard to feel like you in New York City when you’re on Governors Island. You can walk around the whole island pretending you’re in some quaint town or on a hiking day trip only to be reminded when you turn around, faced with New York’s infamous skyline that the City is right there.
On my most recent trip—as I strolled down the tree-lined street and passed the colonial and mid-Atlantic suburban looking homes—I kept wondering what it would be like to actually live here. Separated from New York, but part of New York. Connected only by a 5 minute ferry ride to Manhattan or Brooklyn. Would it feel isolating? Or would it be a perfect way to live in the City—close to the amenities of the real City folk—but without the chaos and hubbub all the time. In my romantic head, it seems like a perfect compromise, the best of both worlds. The City at your doorstep and actual backyards.
Below are some photographs I took of a small alcove near the Colonels Row portion of the island.