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.

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

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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.

Field Report: Water on the Way

Governors Island continues its work to introduce potable water in 2014! The work to bring this tasty beverage to GI began last summer and is making great headway. After the tunnel was drilled under the Buttermilk Channel from Brooklyn, 2,340 feet of brand new pipe was snaked through to connect us to our NYC water supply.

A host of diggers team up to help feed the new water pipe through the carrier from GI back to Brooklyn. It only took a day to feed all ~1/2 mile of pipe through! Image courtesy of The Trust.

A host of diggers team up to help feed the new water pipe through the carrier from GI back to Brooklyn. It only took a day to feed all ~1/2 mile of pipe through! Image courtesy of The Trust.

We have also begun t0 lay the miles of pipe needed to connect the potable water to buildings on Governors Island.

This is the conductor pipe in Brooklyn which helped guide the drill through the bedrock under the Buttermilk Channel to the island. Image Courtesy of the Trust.

This is the conductor pipe in Brooklyn which helped guide the drill through the bedrock under the Buttermilk Channel to the island. Image Courtesy of the Trust.

Field Report: The wall begins

The first part of Governors Island’s 2.2 mile seawall rehabilitation has begun.  About 3,000 feet of the seawall will be replaced by a revetment (sloped stone construction) starting under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty near Picnic Point.  The stones are huge and the work takes place when the tides are friendly, so we have a long way to go. Our dedicated crew is hard at work rain or shine. In addition to being super cool looking, the revetment and rehabilitated wall will be great for the Island. Check out our flickr album for more seawall construction pics and stay tuned for further field reports!

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The first 20′ of revetment being installed.

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Looking at the wall work from the harbor.

Field Report: Another new bridge

Last October we reported on the installation of the west lift bridge at Soissons Landing. Now she has a brand spanking new sister in the east slip.  The bridge was floated in from Bayonne and is now being put through her paces of all the ups and downs required to work with the ferry boats.

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When you make your way to Governors Island from Manhattan over the weekend, take a moment to notice our new lift bridges!

Field report: Nolan Park Goes Gray

Like many greats before her, Nolan Park’s brown is going grey. As part of a massive roofing project, aimed at replacing aged roofs on historic buildings, the shingle roofs on Nolan Park houses are being replaced. The roofs on these charming buildings have been replaced many times in their approximately 150 years. This time, the brown shingles are being replaced by gray that correspond to the other building in the historic district. Check out all the new roofs when you come to visit this summer.

Old brown roof on the right, new gray on the left.

Old brown roof on the right, new gray on the left.

Island Archives: Looking over the island one more time.

Our final view of Governors Island looks north across the rooftops of Nolan Park. At the end of the row, you can see a new roof being added to Building 20-constructed in 1902.  This spring, Building 20 will receive yet another new roof along with all its neighbors is Nolan Park.

Image Courtesy of the National Park Service

For those of you with ample screen space, please click on the image to enjoy the full panorama below.

Image Courtesy of the National Park Service

Island Archives: Looking over the Island, again.

Are you just joining us on our aerial tour of Governors Island in 1938? Here we are given a view of the Parade Grounds and the back of Colonels Row from the top of St. Cornelius Chapel, built in 1905. Note that the quadrangle in Ft. Jay was painted white (or pale yellow) like most of the oldest brick buildings on Governors Island.  The 16th infantry is in review on the Parade Grounds, watched by a small crowd of onlookers and, tennis courts are in the foreground. Nice island!

 

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Island Archives: Looking over the Island

We’ve been having lots of fun updating you on what is underway and coming up on Governors Island. As a change of pace, we thought we’d have a visit from Island Archives and share a great panorama of the island from 1938. The image is in three parts so stay tuned for further views. Here, you can see  the southern end of the historic district with views of Liggett Hall and down onto the fairly empty landfill.  Lots of early WWI storage facilities were already torn down while the building boom of the early Coast Guard years was still three decades away. In the foreground you can see a row of barracks and a playground long gone.

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service.Annotation on the image are from the original.

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service.
Annotation on the image are from the original.

Field Report: Getting All Charged Up On G.I.

While the surface of G.I. is transforming with the new park and public spaces, underneath we’re equally busy. We’ve brought 27 KV of power to the Island from Brooklyn (enough for a small city) and we’re almost finished testing all the island’s electrical systems to prepare for repair and replacement-probably over 5 miles of new cable! We looking forward to seeing you soon….we’ll keep the lights on for ya.

Field Report: And She’s Off….

We recently let you know that our lift bridges are undergoing major overhaul. Thought you might like to see our East lift bridge setting out on the way to the yard where it will re rehabilitated like new. Bon Voyage, see you later this year.

Dock without a lift bridge.

Lift bridge being tugged away.

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