Governors Island is fast becoming one of the most interesting places to visit in New York City. For decades the island was closed to outsiders and served as a host to no public functions or events. Yet times have changed and Governors Island has grown to become a favorite location for many New Yorkers!
Governors Island has been open to the public since 2003 but it did not truly gain popularity until circa 2009 when numerous art exhibitions and music festivals started to be held at the location. Easily accessible by a free and quick ferry, Governors Island has become a go-to spot for art enthusiasts and people who like to take walks. The entire island is set up like a large park and although it is still under a lot of construction it is already an interesting place to wander around (it even has a historical fort).
Until September 29th Governors Island will be especially interesting since “Fete Paradiso” is on location. “Fete Paradiso” describes a collection of vintage carousels (mostly dating from the 1800s and early 1900s) that are part of a private collection from France. Amazingly, many of the attractions are in good working condition and, for a fee, visitors are allowed to take rides on several of them! Adding to the atmosphere are several old carnival games that people played more than a century ago and these are also open to the present day public!
Anyone who has even a rudimentary interest in art and design will notice that the craftsmanship on the pieces is simply stunning. Most of the rides are made of wood and they were carved exceptionally well with ornate embellishments and flamboyant designs. It is obvious that the carvers put an extreme amount of emphasis on the details and colors. Walking into the “Fete Paradiso” section of the island is like taking a trip back in time and getting a chance to live history!
For anyone who is interested in carnivals, carousels, wood working, or craftsmanship then this is a must-see event. Anyone who lives in or near New York City should consider taking a trip to Governors Island before September 29th to see this wonderful display and experience one of the newer and more interesting NYC hotspots.