Hey Wanderlusters! I’m sorry for the long hiatus. If you follow me on social media you probably already know how I’ve been spending my days since school started. I’m a busy fashion design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, doing my best to juggle a freelance position in sales, endless school projects, and blogging. Unfortunately fashion design academics leave me with little time for nurturing my Wanderlust. These days I spend most of my times under fluorescent lighting. Talk about moody vibes all the time.
The free times I get I’d much rather spend it outdoors with Mother Nature’s offsprings in the natural light. Governors Island: Gotham’s Natural Oasis in the New York City harbor remains my beloved leisure spot for outdoor contemplation and relaxation. Did you get to quench your nature driven wanderlust spirit with a visit to the island this season? For the first time since its opening, the not so secret ice-cream cone-shaped island extended their 2017 season till Halloween. The season’s farewell held a full list of events ideal for all ages that concluded on October 31st. I didn’t get to live the Spooky experience because I was home working on midterm projects and studying for exams. But, I did get to go before right before the end of the season’s goodbye. Follow along as I stroll along the memorable areas of Governors Island. An island built for the future.
Team Aesop was this year’s prize recipients. The winning group is an interdisciplinary team of designers and engineers hailing from Columbia University, Cooper Union, Hofstra University and Schlaich Bergermann Partner. Their winning design “Cast & Place,” used 300,000 recycled aluminum cans, cast into intricate cracked clay. Reminiscent of tessellations found in nature. The cans were collectively sourced with the help of the community including canners (can collectors), and school children.
The annual City of Dreams Pavilion competition promotes architectural designs made with an environmental focus where sustainable practices and materials were utilized. The 7th annual competition held in Governors Island was hosted by FIGMENT NYC, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY).
Rising 40 feet on Discovery Hill I found myself on one of the most spectacular spots of the island. The Hills provides uninterrupted views of the New York Harbor and peaceful solitude.
The horticulture community would appreciate The Hills for its diverse feature of trees and shrubs. The perfect natural setting for Cabin, a permanent site-specific art installation by British artist Rachel Whiteread. The concrete cast installation depicts the exterior of a modest cabin. Meant to promote the idea of a temporary retreat and meditation away from the fast-paced city.
Hearing the bees buzzing, the wind blowing and the warm sun gently caressing your skin made me forget that I was in New York City. This is one of the reasons Governors Island it’s Gotham’s Natural Oasis.
Learn more about my other favorite spots on the island– Outlook Hill and Slide Hill- home to the tallest slide in the city measuring three stories high. I’ll be looking forward to the 2018’s opening season in May. Will I see you there?
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Photography: Tatiana Katkova