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NEW YORK – It’s being called the newest and greatest view of the New York City skyline and the harbor.

It’s roots go back hundreds of years.

Governors Island has roots back to the 1750s. It has been a Coast Guard base and military installation. It hosts festivals and art events.

Cyclists and runners enjoy it.

For the past decade, plans have been in the works to add extra attractions. They are now open and more development projects are planned in the coming years.

They include the 4 Hills, for people to explore with sweeping views of the NYC skyline and Harbor. There’s also artwork, hammocks, and slides for kids and adults.

The Governors Island Ferry is free this Thursday and Friday to celebrate the opening of the new facilities. It normally costs $2 cash. Ferries are always free on weekends until 11:30 a.m.

Additional ferries run from Brooklyn on the weekends from Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Governors Island is open until 6 p.m. during the week and 7 p.m. on the weekends. This is part of several expansion plans and more are in the works.

The City of New York and the Trust for Governors Island are responsible for the projects. It is also part of the National Park System.

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