New Yorkers and visitors will finally get the chance this year to do something that has long been a dream: spending the night on Governors Island.

Governors Island is the tiny 172-acre island that lies in the New York Harbor, a mere 800 yards southeast from the tip of Manhattan. The island played a major role in the American Revolutionary War and served as a post for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard for decades. It is partly operated by the National Park Service, within the bounds of a national monument, and the Trust for Governors Island.

The island is easily accessible by ferry and is only open to the public during the summer months, offering an artist residency/fair, food truck festivals, biking opportunities and even housing an elementary school for lucky Manhattanites.

On Wednesday it was announced by the Trust for Governors Island that Collective Hotels & Retreats would be operating overnight lodging options on the island starting in May 2018.

Collective Retreats mainly operates glamping options, with outposts in Vail, the Hudson Valley, Yellowstone, Texas Hill Country and Sonoma. The Governors Island operation will offer two accommodation styles: Luxury Tents and Premium Bell Tents.

The Premium Bell tents. Photo: Courtesy of Collective Governors Island

The Luxury Tents come fitted with a chandelier. Photo: Courtesy of Collective Governors Island

Then tents will have “unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty” according to a press release, and will accommodate up to 100 overnight guests.

As part of the deal, Collective Governors Island will also open a new public lawn with free programming and new dining options for all visitors to the Island during the public season. This appears to be in the form of a hub called Three Peaks Lodge, which will house the main dining area for campers and the public. Breakfast is included for guests staying in the luxury tents.

The rates for the Premium Bell tent start at $150/night and the Luxury tents begin at $500/night. There will be discounted rates for locals on select dates to be announced for the bell tent that will start at $75/night.

These are not cheap rates – they in part highlight the lack of supply for camping options in New York City – less supply equals greater demand and therefore a much higher price.

While this may seem like a pricey way to camp (or rather glamp), it is mostly par-for-the-course in NYC. Things are expensive. But unabated views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty could be worth the price tag.

The exterior of the premium bell tents. Photo: Courtesy of Collective Governors Island

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