Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise.
For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York, with the Island’s governance and funding jointly shared by the City of New York and State of New York. The remaining 22 acres of the Island was declared the Governors Island National Monument that is overseen by the National Park Service.
In April 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson reached an agreement on the future of Governors Island. The City of New York is now responsible for Governors Island and created the Trust for Governors Island, the organization charged with the operations, planning and redevelopment of the Island.
The Trust for Governors Island’s mission is to bring Governors Island back to life. With expanded visitation and unique public programs, investment in infrastructure and stabilization and planning and construction of an ambitious park and public space plan, the Trust is making progress to insure that Governors Island is a resource for the people of the City of New York today and for the future.
The Future of Governors Island is NOW!
The Trust for Governors Island is working to make the Island a destination with great public open space, as well as future education, not for profit and commercial facilities.
The Bloomberg Administration is investing more than $250 million to build an extraordinary new park and public spaces and to bring the Island’s infrastructure into the 21st century.
Mayor Bloomberg, elected officials and The Trust for Governors Island broke ground on the new park and public spaces in May 2012.
Phase 1 creates 30 new acres of park at the heart of the Island and adds key visitor amenities. Phase 1 is part of a multi-phase 87 acre Park and Public Space Plan. Phase 1 comprises 64 acres of the Plan.
The following areas are under construction and open in 2013:
- Liggett Terrace: a sunny, six acre plaza that features moveable seating, public art, water features and seasonal plantings
- Hammock Grove: 10 acres with 1,500 new trees and hammocks
- Play Lawn: 14 acres including lawn and two turf ball fields for play
- Historic District: 34 acres of respectfully rejuvenated landscapes with new welcoming gateways, flexible spaces for play and new signage, lighting and amenities.
Future phases will include the South Prow, Liberty Terrace, the Hills and the Great Promenade. These areas are pending future funding.
About The Trust for Governors Island
The Trust for Governors Island is the nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York that is responsible for the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust is transforming Governors Island into a destination with great public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit, and commercial facilities. The Trust broke ground on 30 acres of new park spaces scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2013 and is proceeding with an ambitious infrastructure program to ready the Island for expanded tenancy and activity. For more information, visit www.govisland.com.