Collective Retreats Governors Island has unparalleled views of New York. Getting there is as easy as a quick 8 minute water taxi ride from downtown Manhattan. Enjoy luxury camping on historic Governors Island in a peaceful oasis nestled under the hills. Collective Governors Island represents one of the most unique escapes in New York. , Enjoy panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty across the New York Harbor while surrounded by green space. It’s a retreat unlike any other in the world.