Hey VegOut VegPals,
That Pride Potluck logo photo got us all thinking at VegOut HQ. We’ve got a solid looking September to bring it all outdoors once again. This time . . .
If Roosevelt Island is the New Town in town, then this is definitely the Old Town in town.
Just like Roosevelt Island, good old Governors Island has it’s share of ghosts, too. What a great prelude to October (how will we do that Potluck?).
Check this out: According to the WPA Guide of New York City published in 1939, “Governors Island, originally called Nutten Island, was ignored by the Dutch until Wouter van Tweiller, second governor of New Netherland, purchased it in 1637 from two Indians for one or two axheads, a few nails, and other trifles. In 1698 the New York Assembly set the land aside “for the benefit and accommodation of His Majesty’s governors.” This gave rise to its present name. At various times the island served as sheep farm, a quarantine station, a race track, and a game preserve, in addition to harboring the governor’s “pleasure house.” Oh me oh my.
I would need further information on “pleasure house” before I discount this island’s rather backward backstory of animal exploitation. It’s time we vegans and vegetarians get out there and throw down some roots.
Enough with the history lesson, let’s get on to us:
VegOut is taking the September Potluck to this federal style backdrop for the Brooklyn Bridge, Staten Island Ferry and every motorist's most relaxing drive - the BQE.
There is a ferry that goes to Governors Island from 10 South Street (ornate Battery Maritime Building) - just to the left of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. We’ll be leaving on the 3pm ferry (it’s free!). It's a big ferry so we should meet on the Governors Island side for all those who get on the ferry at the last minute. You’re allowed to board up until the ferry pulls out of the dock. The ferry runs every 30 minutes for anyone who wants to come earlier/later than 3pm. Once we arrive on the island we’ll head over to our veg-centric idyll called Picnic Point and Hammocks. There are Trams (trolleys) that take you there or you can walk. There are lots of signs and helpful staff to guide you if you decide to come earlier or later. So feel free to meet us there as well. By 3:15pm or so the large carrot VegOut banner will be unfurled (the one in our group photo). The last ferry to the island on weekends is 5:30pm and the last ferry back to Manhattan (and Brooklyn) is 7pm.
Bikes are allowed on the ferry so bike riding vegans are welcomed. You can also rent a bike, tandem or 6 person self-peddling trolley on the island.
Potluck amenities: tables, new lush grass, hammocks, adirondack chairs and swings. Apparently there is plenty of art as well. And bathrooms bathrooms bathrooms.
Plates, cups and utensils will be provided in keeping with our green traditions.
More information can be had at these links here and here.
Check out the map, we’ll be at the tip past the boring bits.
Ferry schedule is here.
On the off chance that the weather does not favor us (drears) in a spectacular way we’ll all met at Village Natural for a late lunch/early dinner. Look at it this way, no cooking or shopping.
All things Village Natural can be found here.
Looking forward to being at this little island between Manahatta, Breukelin and Richmond with all of you.