This past weekend, Mike and I hopped over to Governors Island via a short ferry ride from lower Manhattan to experience the art installations, live music, and food trucks, otherwise known as the FIGMENT festival. The early morning rain kept the crowds at bay, so we seemingly had the island to ourselves for a few brief hours. We even managed to snag a coveted hammock and a seat in the beer garden. Besides the open-air sculptures, most of the houses on the island were open to the public and filled with things like drawing classes, photo and sound exhibits, and pop up shops. The hundreds of kids running around in costumes plus the artsy tents around the main feild made the place feel like a kiddie Burning Man (in the best way possible). It was a quirky, fun and delicious way to spend a Saturday.
FIGMENT is only around once a year, but the island has a few permanent sculptures scattered around and a bunch of festivals throughout the summer (it closes to visitors in October). Though it's mere minutes from Manhattan, it feels like a world away and makes for the perfect day trip. So pack a picnic, hop on the ferry, and explore!