FIELD TRIP - GOVENORS ISLAND SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014, 12:15 PM!

Field Trip—Governors Island

Located in the shadow of the modern New York City skyline, Governors Island is the oldest European settlement in New York. A former U.S. Army military base and U.S. Coast Guard station, 92 acres of the island are open to the public during the summer. A short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan will get you there to picnic, photograph, and enjoy gorgeous views as well as a wide array of cultural activities. We will meet at the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan, at 12:15 PM. We will take the ($2) 12:30 PM ferry to the island.  If you wish to arrive earlier on the island, you can save the fare:

"There is no fare on 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also no fare on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all."

For more info: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml

You can get to the terminal via subway (#1 to South Ferry; #4 or 5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall Street) or by bus (M5 Limited, M15 local, M15 SBS, and M20 to their southern-most stops).  Rita Russo is the leader:  <[masked]>  Please RSVP at right. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase something from one of the food courts or vendors.

There is no charge for this event except for $2 ferry fare.  Food is Dutch.



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  • Allan W.

    I got to the Maritime bldg. at 12:15, didn't see anyone with cameras or equipment, so I got on line thinking I'd meet up on the Island. When that didn't work out I wandered around, took a few photos (not yet processed) and left after a couple of hours. The kicker was that the No. 1 train wasn't running, necessitating a walk to a 2-3 station

    July 13, 2014

    • Chris L.

      I took the No. 1 train in both directions. It was running just fine. Full of tourists like a rush hour train but working fine.

      July 14, 2014

  • GovtLawyer

    Thanks to those who helped me troubleshoot the ugly hairlike substance I saw in my viewfinder. It turned out to be on the mirror and was very easy to clean. WHEW! I'm much relieved.

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Chris L.

      Glad to hear that it's all cleared up now.

      July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate you all for being so talented.

    July 13, 2014

  • Stan R.

    very crowded ,and serious problems with the subway-etc but once I was there I met a few m/u people- a really nice day- they have really improved the park- Id like to go back, but earlier in the day

    July 13, 2014

  • GovtLawyer

    I haven't had the chance to work on the photos I took. Hopefully I'll post a few in the coming days. I wanted to congratulate those who have already posted theirs, for some really wonderful work. Steven

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • chew

    Nice weather. Many places for photos.

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    Fun but very crowded. Not at all what I expected.

    July 12, 2014

  • Chris L.

    What a beautiful day for a stroll around the island! Not too hot but sunny and bright. Lots of great folks to hang with and a fun location to shoot, the perfect formula for a good day out.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Edward K.

    Took ferry boat over & saw some of the other Meetup Members on it & then met the rest when we arrived at Governors Island. After that enjoyed roaming both the island & booths at the Water Festival & taken many photos of the festival & scenery of the island & from the island & had my photo taken with two people I met at the festival on the island.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Kim

    Maritime was a busy place and logistics of it hindered meetup instructions slightly however it all ended up very well in a simply great outing again!!! Always enjoy meeting with this lovely fun filled group, visiting new places and allowing my photography skills to grow and develop.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Great Meetup! Great people. I loved ICP's Capa exhibit, the Selgado preview, the Holographic Center exhibit, as well as the fantastic late afternoon photos of Lady Liberty. Thanks Rita.

    July 12, 2014

  • Elena C.

    Beautiful day with great company and lots of nice photo ops!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Brian

    Nice time. Beautiful day. Just got home.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Alex

    Nice meetup. Had lots of fun. And great to see everyone come out.

    July 12, 2014

  • GovtLawyer

    Good Time. Great weather. Wonderful photo ops. Nice people.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • ChristineD

    Heading back, too. Thanks toll all & Team
    Leader Rita!

    July 12, 2014

  • Alex

    heading back to Manhattan. Had lots of fun.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • tanya

    Just arrived on the 1 pm ferry. Where is the group?

    July 12, 2014

    • Alex

      We are next to the entry point at governors island. Are you on the island?

      July 12, 2014

    • tanya

      Yes we are on the island. We walked off to the right of the entry. Now returning to the entry island.

      July 12, 2014

  • Manna

    I am on the ferry now.

    July 12, 2014

    • Alex

      Where are you? We are at the entry pout at the ferry drop off point,

      July 12, 2014

  • John D.

    OK, we see you :-)

    July 12, 2014

  • John D.

    Ok, we have about 10 on the island side. We will hook back to meet the 1PM ferry

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    I'm at back of line inside. They won't let me move up. Maybe see you on ferry Here it comes now

    July 12, 2014

  • Steve

    I am outside of book store

    July 12, 2014

  • Chris C.

    For anyone who is still waiting for the ferry, there is a group of us near the front of the line outside by the dock. Come out and meet us if you can.

    July 12, 2014

  • Steve

    Where do we meet up?

    July 12, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Linda - a few of us are outside on line. Come out and find us! I am in all black with my hair up and with Chris Chen.

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    Have to wait for 1:00 ferry other was full

    July 12, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    The 12:30 ferry was at maximum capacity and they are making us wait for the 1:00. Rita- will you be waiting fir the rest if us when we get off? Where?

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    looking for Rita I'm in waiting room

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    imtimeout looking for Rita

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    Hi I'm in waiting room 1226 time

    July 12, 2014

  • Chris C.

    Several of us didn't make the ferry, it got full very quickly and left early. We'll be on the next ferry at 1pm.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Chris C.

    I'm in the waiting area for the ferry. It's a zoo, don't see anyone else at the moment.

    July 12, 2014

  • Elena C.

    Online with some other folks from the group.

    July 12, 2014

  • marcie d.

    Does anyone know where Rita is?

    July 12, 2014

  • lorraine

    Were online now

    July 12, 2014

  • marcie d.

    A few of us are already on line see yous on the other side.

    July 12, 2014

  • Chris L.

    Online for ferry

    July 12, 2014

  • Steve

    cannot find the building..See u guys on 12:30 ferry..

    July 12, 2014

  • ChristineD

    Hi all. At terminal so taking early ferry. See you on island.

    July 12, 2014

  • Linda

    I'm going to take the 11:17 AM East River Ferry from 34th Street to Governors Island. It's a little more money ($6.00 each way), but I'll avoid the subway and enjoy a longer boat ride. If anyone wants to join me, I'd love the company. Will meet up with the rest of the group on the island.

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Kim

      Linda I sent you an email note. Check your messages. I'll meet you if you would like to travel together.

      July 12, 2014

    • Linda

      Got it, Kim. I'll call you.

      July 12, 2014

  • Brian

    Looking forward to it

    July 11, 2014

  • John D.

    Brooklyn is a bit easier for me so I might take the 11:30 from there plus the shooting from the park on the Brooklyn side is not too shabby

    July 11, 2014

  • Edward L.

    Should be "iconic!"

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Edward L.

    Hi John! Rita Russo, the trip leader will be wearing a Meetup button and I'll get her a sign. On the same day, I will be attending my high school's 50th Anniversary Reunion up in Tarrytown, NY while Paul and his wife will be in New Hamphire. I was at Govenors Island a few weeks back when the Jazz Lawn Party was held but I was there for the KAP Meetup group. If you have any interest in "Kite Aerial Photography," check out my buddy Nestor who runs that group: http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Kite-Aerial-Photography-Meetup-group/
    Don't forget the the Capa Exhibition while you're there as mentioned by Sherry below. (Thanks Sherry!) He's a photojournalist who has many icon images from the Spanish Civil War and the brother of the Cornell Capa, the founder of ICP. Please be helpful to Rita and have a great time! Ed

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • John S.

    Will there be a sign or banner I dont see Mr lee or paul on the list

    July 7, 2014

  • Edward K.

    Looking Forward to seeing Governors Island & taking lots of photos too.

    July 7, 2014

  • Sherry S.

    Sorry I', going to miss this exhibit,
    "CAPA IN COLOR
    July 3–September 28 | Thursday–Sunday
    11:30 am–5:30 pm
    Robert Capa regularly used color film from the 1940s until his death in 1954, but the majority of the images had never been printed, seen, or even studied. Capa in Color at Governors Island "

    2 · July 1, 2014

    • Alex

      Oh. Great. Thanks, Sherry!

      July 2, 2014

    • tanya

      This exhibition is from the International Center of Photography. They displayed it recently at their Midtown location. It's good to hear it's still showing. Some more info: http://www.icp.org/mu...­

      2 · July 2, 2014

  • Edward L.

    Hi Folks! Please be on time or even slightly early for the 12:30 PM Ferry. Have a great time! Ed

    June 30, 2014

    • Alex

      Hi Ed! What kind of shooting should we focus on? Not sure what gear to bring. Thanks.

      July 1, 2014

    • Edward L.

      Alex! Just bring your normal stuff: wide to tele zoom lens for lower Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, harbor and SI ferries, old fort/civil war prison at N of island, plenty of art at the Parade Grounds. Maybe a monopod. Have a good time! Ed

      July 1, 2014

  • John D.

    I understand that the whole island is finally open. Until about a week ago there was no fountains or drinkable running water. you could buy bottles. I understand that they have completed the drinking water connection to Brooklyn. Not sure if fountains are working yet so consider bringing a water bottle

    1 · June 30, 2014

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