Field Report: Seawall Reimagined

The 2.2 mile rehabilitation of the Governors Island seawall is well underway. Major and minor efforts are ensuring that this critical part of the Island stays in place and does its job keeping the Island together. At the south end of the Island, work on a revetment to replace the original seawall is complete. The revetment is a sloped stone abutment which is better than a stone wall at handling the heavy wave action from the harbor, and will be easier to maintain over the years.  In the north of the Island, the original seawall is being supported and repaired as needed to breath new life into this 120+ year old structure.


Seen here from Lima Pier, the revetment at the island’s southern tip is already doing its job. Image courtesy of the Trust.

22+50 facing south REVETMENT 100%

Closer view of the revetment. Image courtesy of The Trust.

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In the historic district, the original seawall is left in place and backed by an impressive concrete wall providing stability for years to come. Image courtesy of The Trust.

2 Responses

  1. Looking forward to visiting the Island this summer. am becoming reconciled to sharing my home with all the New York “civilians”.

  2. A 100-year-old structure? Boy do I know how that feels! As a “long-ago” resident on Governor’s Island with my “long gone” Army officer parents, it’s wonderful now to know how much care is being given to the Island’s history. Thank you for caring. Much better than letting history rust away! Bill Smith, P.O. Box 516, Malibu CA 90265.

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