Old School VWs and Picnicking at Governors Island

Some cars have very distinct personalities. For instance, if a Porche were to transform, Transformer-like, into a person, I imagine it would turn out to be an obnoxious Architecture major at Yale. Volkswagens, on the other hand, I picture as being like Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”: bizarre and lovable, with no sense of direction or self-awareness.

So I can imagine trying to pick a favorite Volkswagen would be tough. It’s the impossible kweshtion of HOO is KEWTER, a ’79 Shorty bus, or a ’59 Microbus bus? But that is essentially what is happening today, for FREE, at the NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island. The car show lasts from 10am – 4pm, and will include judging of several different categories of Volkswagens: Beetles (obvs), Buses, Karmann Ghias (?), Things, Volks-Rods (aww!) and several others.

Directions to Governors Island are here, and ferries will leave from Battery Park and Brooklyn. The show will be held on the 5-acre lawn of Picnic Point, so feel free to bring sandwiches and other picnicking supplies, though a peanut butter and jelly might taste pretty sad compared to the food vendors (Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights food cart and Blue Marble ice cream). BYO alcohol is not allowed, but naturally, you should read that as BYO alcohol must be concealed. Or you could hit up the beer garden, which will be serving beer from Cape Ann Brewing Company out of a metallic green, ‘78 camper van.

NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
Governors Island
Sunday, August 22nd
10am-4pm


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Katy B. grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the home of Gerald R. Ford, Andy Richter, and, at one point, the guy who wrote Mr. Holland’s Opus. She moved to NYC for her degree in library science, and is now in the Media Studies program at The New School. She hopes to one day be a film studies librarian. Ask her anything about Dewey Decimal – anything! – and she will roll her eyes because academic libraries use Library of Congress. Durrr.

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