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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Sun, Sea, and Design at The {NewNew}’s Summer Home on Governors Island

This weekend marks the official opening of The {NewNew}’s Treasure Chest Boutique, their summer outpost on historic Governor’s Island.  The {NewNew} is a group of New York area artisans who all sell their handmade items on, the world’s most vibrant online handmade marketplace.

Over 30 artists, designers, makers, and crafters have created a boutique that evokes the perfect seaside home filled with beautiful handmade wares, with attention to every corner and detail.  It is the kind of place that will make you want to look at every detail and linger on the porch for a chat.  You will find fashion designs, jewelry, ceramics, home decor, toys, stationery, and much more.  I guarantee you will not leave without a treasure of your own, or the perfect gift for someone special.

It is a short and beautiful ride just across the harbor.  Governors Island was a US Army and Coast Guard military base that was closed down in 1996.  After years of consideration, the island is now a public space, managed by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation and the National Park Service.  There are concerts on the island, a huge picnic ground, bike rentals, and Water Taxi Beach.

This weekend, in addition to The {NewNew} Boutique, the 3-acre organic farm run by Added Value opens on Saturday, June 5.  This farm is a wonderful education initiative and a great opportunity to volunteer and get your hands dirty.

You get to Governor’s Island via a free ferry from the Battery Maritime building at 10 South Street, leaving every 30 minutes on Fridays through Sundays.  You can find The {NewNew} Treasure Chest Boutique bringing new life to Historic Home 6B in the heart of Nolan Park, a 5 minute walk from the ferry landing.


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