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The 1st Annual Picnic & Debates at the Gov's Island

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PLEASE NOTE: This event is only open to those who have previously attended the NYC Debate meetup. If you're a new member, we look forward to welcoming you at our next regular monthly meetup in June.


Are you still getting over the long winter blues? As a regular NYC Debate member, do you enjoy the spirited debates in a fun and friendly setting?

Join us for a day trip to the Governor's Island. This day-long event will include a scenic ferry ride (from Manhattan or Brooklyn), a picnic, and of course, copious rounds of debates and discussions!

This event is FREE -- however, each member is responsible for bringing their own lunch, snacks, and beverages. The cost of a ferry ride is $2 (round trip). For more info regarding the ferry service and schedule, click here (

Also, please note that this event is held during the Memorial Day weekend.


Additional considerations:

• Each member can bring up to two guests.

• Each member is encouraged to bring a debate topic.

• Pets are NOT permitted on the Island.


Directions to the Governors Island

Manhattan Ferry:

It departs every 30 minutes from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. The ferry terminal is accessible as follows:

By Subway

1 to South Ferry station
4, 5 to Bowling Green station
R to Whitehall St. station

By Bus

M6, M9, and M15

Here's a photo of the entrance to the Manhattan ferry terminal:

For those taking the Manhattan ferry, we'll meet at the ferry terminal entrance around 12:45pm to catch the 1pm ferry.

Brooklyn Ferry:

It departs every 60 minutes from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.

By Subway

R to Court Street
4,5,2,3 to Borough Hall

By Bus: B63

** If you take the Brooklyn ferry, please coordinate with the event host.

For Manhattan ferry, we will be meeting at 1:15 to catch the 1:30 ferry.