Of the 220 or so Starbucks locations in New York City, there’s only one you will need a boat to reach. That outlet is on Governors Island. Yes, the one in the middle of New York Harbor. A convenient Starbucks is just one more reason to take the trip out to this fantastic part of New York City that so few have taken notice of.
A 10 to 15-minute ferry ride depending on whether you embark from Brooklyn (400 yards away) or Manhattan (800 yards away). The ferry is tidy and quick, and did I mention it is inexpensive? A roundtrip ticket cost $3, which was less than my caramel macchiato.
The beauty of Governors Island is that it feels like you have left the city. It has a bucolic charm to it, yet the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines remind you that you are still in town. The views from the Island are priceless. It’s a 172-acre open space where you can enjoy so much.
Governors Island is administered and patrolled by the National Parks Service police. It is a very well kept and secure environment. There are daily tours conducted of the historic buildings on the Island, and it’s a great place to catch some z’s in the hammock grove.
It’s a no-brainer. You owe it to yourself to visit Governors Island. Once you’ve been there, you're sure to return!
The ferry boat from Manhattan embarks from the Maritime Building at 10 South Street. If you are coming from Brooklyn, you will catch the ferry at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.