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A PUBLIC EVENT TO #saveourocean

June 4, 2017

 

Festival Program

Ocean March

A first-of-its-kind parade of large and small boats on the water as a statement of unity for the ocean.

New York Harbor

 

Ocean Village

A celebration of art, education, innovation, and tools for action in support of the ocean.

Governors Island

 
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YOUTH RALLY

 

 

11:30pm: Gather at Castle Williams on Governors Island

  

12:30pm: Rally starts with Fijian band

 

1:00pm: Youth Rally arrives at Picnic Point on Governors Island

 

 

 

Ocean March

New York Harbor
12:00pm

 

Join the intrepid community of concerned and caring boaters, yachtsmen and women, ferry and cruise operators, sailors, Vikings, fishermen and women, as mariners who care enough to parade for the Oceans and bring that message to the world leaders as we kick off the World Ocean Festival.

  • Grand parade of vessels from Pier 64 around lower Manhattan Sunday June 4th (minimum requirements apply)
  • Parade route moves over 10 Nautical Miles of Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfront from Hudson to East rivers
  • Official review of the parade at UN Complex and Governors Island
  • Opportunities for kayak and other human powered vessels to participate
  • Land based marching alongside the parading vessels
  • Spectators welcome!

U.S. Coast Guard information can be found here.

Governor Island

Ocean village

Governors Island
New York, NY
10:00am-5:00pm

Program and Speaker Bios Available HERE

The Ocean Village at Governor Island will be the hub for all things Ocean. There will be a variety of family-friendly educational activities scheduled throughout the day including;

  • Exhibitions for attendees to learn about the ocean threats
  • Panel discussions lead by Ocean Experts and Explorers
  • A Media Pavillion featuring an immersive VR underwater experience
  • Award-ceremony acknowledging Ocean March participants and Ocean Heroes
 
 
 
 
 

governors island information

 

what to bring

There are no stores on Governors Island. The island does have medical facilities, restrooms, and a few snack carts / concession stands.

  • Whatever you need for a day of fun
  • Sunscreen, hats, umbrellas 
  • Drinking water: Bring your own as there is very limited water on the Island
  • Any necessary medications
  • Bicycles or roller skates: The Island is very walkable and a tram is available, but wheels make it easy to get around!

what is prohibited

Please do NOT bring the following:

  • Glass containers
  • Grills
  • Dogs or other pets (you will be turned away before you board the ferry unless it is a registered service animal)
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Anything that is not legal to have in public in New York City

Getting There

The Trust for Governors Island has visitor displays with maps throughout the island to help you navigate. They also have a PDF map on their website.

Please note that not all ferries are free, and that Governors Island will be open 7 days a week, but the Brooklyn ferry only runs on the weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors taking ferries before noon from Manhattan or Brooklyn ride free. For all other ferries to Governors Island adults can purchase $2 round-trip tickets online or at the dock for afternoon ferries. Children under 12 ride the ferry for free at all times. Please visit the Governors Island website for more information.

Ferry Schedule
Ferry service is available from Manhattan 7 days a week at the Battery Maritime Building located adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry downtown, as well as on Saturday and Sunday from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, at the end of Atlantic Avenue.

The ferry schedule is different each day and some ferries require a $2 round-trip ticket for adults. You can view the complete schedule on the Governors Island website.

Directions to Manhattan's Battery Maritime Building
If you are facing south, towards the Staten Island Ferry, you need to walk to your left to reach the Governors Island Ferry.

Google Map

Subway

1 to South Ferry

4/5 to Bowling Green

R to Whitehall Street

Rebuilding efforts are ongoing and may affect subway service. Visit mta.info for service advisories, updated every Friday, or call 718-330-1234.

Bus
M1 (weekdays only), M6, M9 and M15

Driving from the East Side

There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. Please plan to park in one of the pay lots in Lower Manhattan.

Take the FDR Drive to Exit 1, South Ferry. As you exit, stay in the left lane and turn left around the (left) u-turn at the end of the street in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal. The Battery Maritime Building is the historic ferry terminal just to the northeast of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Governors Island ferry departs from the northernmost slip of the Battery Maritime Building.

Driving from the West Side

There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. Please plan to park in one of the pay lots in Lower Manhattan.

Take the West Highway around the tip of Lower Manhattan and go through the Battery Underpass. When you emerge from the Underpass, take the first exit, Exit 1, Staten Island Ferry. Stay left, and make a left-hand u-turn onto South Street going south. Stay to your turn left and make the (left) u-turn at the end of the street in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal. The Battery Maritime Building is the historic ferry terminal just to the northeast of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Governors Island ferry departs from the northernmost slip of the Battery Maritime Building.

Driving using local streets

There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. Please plan to park in one of the pay lots in Lower Manhattan.

Take Broadway south onto Whitehall Street. Turn left onto Water Street. Go one block and turn right onto Broad Street. Go one block and turn right onto South Street. Go to the left land, and make the (left) u-turn at the end of the street in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal. The Battery Maritime Building is the historic ferry terminal just to the northeast of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Governors Island ferry departs from the northernmost slip of the Battery Maritime Building.

Directions to Pier 6 in Brooklyn

Google Map

By Subway

2/3 or 4/5 to Borough Hall

By Bus

B63 at the terminus of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street

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Why Oceans?

The oceans not only sustain marine life, but our own–connecting us all across the world, providing sustenance, transport, economies, livelihoods. Meanwhile, illegal fishing threatens species, sustenance, and economies worldwide; pollution in the form of chemical run-off, spills, plastics, and more damages and destroys marine life and enters our food chain; and climate change is killing our coral reefs, flooding human and animal habitats, and feeding a disastrous feedback loop of rising world temperatures.

The United Nations has agreed on global goals to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, number 14 is to: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

In June 2017, world leaders will gather in New York City at The Ocean Conference for a high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. They aim to develop actions and gain commitments that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. For additional information about the UN Ocean Conference, visit: https://oceanconference.un.org/about.

 

 

Come celebrate the power and beauty of our oceans and the urgent need to take action to preserve and protect them. Together, we can #SaveOurOcean