Joie de Vivre
A Parisian carnival spends the summer in NYC
We can all agree that Governors Island is just so delightfully weird, right? From twice-a-year flapper throwbacks to original-format baseball games, the former military base loves nothing more than to relive the past. And now it?s adding a 19th-century French carnival to keep us ferrying back for more.
Fête Paradiso kicks off next weekend (July 13) for a summer loaded with Parisian nostalgia.
Once you?ve arrived off the free ferry, take a moment to simply appreciate the one-of-a-kind antiques before you (we?re talking from, like, 1850). The cluster of museum-worthy attractions has been shipped to the States for the first time and reconstructed by expert French artisans especially for this event.
After you?ve taken a spin on the flying swings or a turn on the bicycle carousel (just like the one in Midnight in Paris), cool down at the beer garden and bistro, which is housed inside a bumper-car pavilion circa 1900. Also, Le Gamin is cooking, so you know the treats will be délicieux (and also representative of the era).
Drop-waist dresses not required but encouraged--at least by us.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from July 13 to Sept. 29; free to visit, $3 per ride and game; feteparadiso.com