Making Way for The Hills

We said goodbye today to the firehouse on the south island as construction continues with The Hills project. Neither the chill nor the ice-carpeted site hindered the demolition, which began this morning. Two of the hills, Discovery Hill and Outlook Hill, will slope down and meet each other where the station used to stand. This is the first demolition since the implosion of building 877 and is another milestone towards completing the Park and Public Space Master Plan.

Clearing of the fire station will open up needed space for the Hills.

The clearing of the firehouse will open up needed space for The Hills project.

The old coast guard firehouse was the base for FDNY operations on Governors Island since 2004, but not to worry, the FDNY has a new base of operations in the Island Warehouse District.

The Machines at Work.
The excavators at work.

3 Responses

  1. Say, you got a nice blog. Really Great.

  2. CAN’T HELP MYSELF… GOTTA “FLASH BACK” TO MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, CLASS OF 1960… SURE LOVED GOVERNOR’S ISLAND BACK THEN, WHEN MOM AND DAD (2LT/NURSE Margaret T. Smith AND DAD, Lt.Col. William J. Smith) LONG GONE, BUT I THINK OF THEM ALMOST EVERY DAY.

    WHENEVER I FLY IN TO NYC AREA, PASSING OVER GOVERNOR’S ISLAND IS ALWAYS A GREAT VIEW, AND AN EMOTIONAL FLASH TOO. OUR SON (NOW AIRLINE PILOT BASED AT JFK IN NEW YORK) TOOK ME ON A WALK-THRU ON THE ISLAND JUST BEFORE THE SEASON ENDED. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON, AND ANOTHER DAY ON GOVERNOR’S ISLAND.

    GLAD TO KNOW IT’S BEEN KEPT IN SUCH GREAT SHAPE! MY TWO ARMY OFFICERS ARE BURIED IN A SPRAWLING CEMETERY IN WEST LOS ANGELES… I TRY TO MAKE A VISIT EVERY FEW MONTHS. WISH THEY COULD ANSWER! Bill.

  3. I believe this used to be a garage when I was on the base back in 69-71, changed out the leaf springs on my 65 Mustang.

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