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Governors Island latest area push by city for tourists

Governors Island in New York City is open

Governors Island in New York City is open each summer for recreation. Photo Credit: Timothy Schenck

Governors Island -- open to the public through Sept. 27 and offering free weekend tours, two forts (Castle Williams and Fort Jay) and a bevy of cultural and recreational opportunities -- is the latest "neighborhood" to be featured in NYC & Company's insider guides.

The selection of Governors Island as a featured destination will be announced this week in Shanghai as part of a new initiative to boost Chinese tourism in NYC, already up 250% in five years.

Among the lures of Governors Island is a "hammock grove," the LMCC Arts Center, an urban farm with weekend educational sessions, a food court with international offerings, car-free bike paths and bike rentals.

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