In New York City, the perfect getaway when you can't get away is Governors Island.
This former Army and Coast Guard post is a cool combination of manicured parkland with art installations and a Stepford-ish ghost town.
Its appeal isn't just its beauty, which is vast (the views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan are amazing). Much of the fun of Governors Island comes from random exploration. Not only are there vast green lawns, but there are also historic forts, an empty Victorian village, even an abandoned movie theatre. I hear there's also a (non-operating) bowling alley, but I've yet to find it.
In the past few summers, it's hosted a sandy Water Taxi Beach with food and drink and, oddly, a polo match.
It's only open in the summer. There are ferries from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn (which I think are free, too). You can rent a bike or easily walk the island in a few hours.
Also, it's the only place to plan your next trip while gazing at the Statue of Liberty...and lay in a hammock.
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New Yorkers Revel in the Jazz Age Splendor
My vintage lace and silk dress lay on my bed with lace gloves, my thrift-shop handbag treasure and shoes to match, as I patiently anticipate the 8th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island. Debating whether I need matte-finish, red lips, I throw my outfit on and dash out to meet my friend at the Governor's Island Ferry. As I approach the dock, flappers, 1920's gangsters, paperboys and suspenders confirmed that this was going to be one stylish event. I spent the rest of the afternoon ogling over the chic hats, parasols, the Dreamland Follies dancers to the sounds of the orchestra, as I sipped the smartly concocted St. Germain elderflower drinks splashed with champagne. It was a dream brought to life. The next event is August 17 & 18 and not to be missed!