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!
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.
When you make your way to Governors Island from Manhattan over the weekend, take a moment to notice our new lift bridges!
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.
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.
For those of you with ample screen space, please click on the image to enjoy the full panorama below.
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!
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.
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.
Next season on Governors Island visitors will enjoy an array of tasty food choices, but good eating has a long history on the island. During the Coast Guard period, upwards of 5,000 people a day could be found living and/or working on the island. Among them was a group called the “Enlisted Mens Wives Club.” One of their projects was a comprehensive cookbook of favorite recipes from the islands chefs.
The menus are varied and diverse from “Drunk Meatballs” to bagels to “Banana Breeze Pie.” The book also includes some cooking basics and conversion charts for new cooks and charmingly illustrated chapter breaks.
If Cabbage Soup isn’t your thing, perhaps a nice hash?
The cookbook even provides ideas for the weight conscious.
If you see anything that looks good, go ahead, cook it up and let us know what you think!