The yearly visit to Governors Island

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Head in the Clouds

It has become a real tradition. At least one visit to Governors Island, every year. For my previous visits see here: 20082009a2009b2011, and 2012! (2010 did not make it into this blog.) Like every visit I am impressed about this little oasis of quietness in the big metropolis. But I also feel sad about the hundreds of really beautiful apartments, houses and other buildings that are standing empty, slowly decaying.

Although, it pleased me that the majestic houses on Colonel's Row are being restored. And that the huge Cunningham Building (see a picture on my 2011 blog here), once the home of many coast guard families, had been demolished almost two months ago (see here), making space for the new park (see here). The remains of the imploded high rise will be used to create artificial hills on the island. Due to this construction the south point with Picnic Point was unfortunately not accessible anymore.

A new attraction is "Fête Paradisoa nice vintage French Carousel Show in Nolan Park. Beautiful! Another surprise, an impressive piece of art on the parade grounds: "Head in the Clouds" by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang. A big cloud constructed from 53.780 jugs and bottles (all recycled). One can go inside the cloud and see the inside with more bottles filled with a bluish liquid.

More pictures below!

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Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
View on Manhattan. Note how much t…
View on Manhattan. Note how much …
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Jersey City
View on Jersey City
Castle Williams and the Manhattan …
Castle Williams and the Manhattan…
Miss Liberty and a small boat
Miss Liberty and a small boat
Miss Liberty and a big boat
Miss Liberty and a big boat
The remains of the imploded high r…
The remains of the imploded high …
View on Manhattan and the Staten I…
View on Manhattan and the Staten …
The Arch
The Arch
Between the old movie theatre and …
Between the old movie theatre and…
St. Cornelius Chapel
St. Cornelius Chapel
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso: despite that it is…
Fête Paradiso: despite that it i…
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Fête Paradiso
Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Inside Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds
Fort Jay
Fort Jay
One of the old buildings near Nola…
One of the old buildings near Nol…
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
View on Manhattan
Soissons Landing Docks
Soissons Landing Docks
My route on the island (rendered b…
My route on the island (rendered …
Governors Island
photo by: mdalamers