Come Drink the Water on Governors Island!

 

Enjoying drinking water at the fountain in Liggett Terrace

Enjoying drinking water at the fountain in Liggett Terrace

Today marks an incredible milestone for Governors Island. You can now drink the water from brand new drinking fountains in the new park!

As of today, two new public drinking fountains have been installed at Liggett Terrace and near Yankee Pier. These all-season drinking fountains include bottle-filling spigots, as well as regular “bubblers” at standard and ADA accessible heights.

The restoration of potable water is a cornerstone project in the Island’s comprehensive capital program to ready the Island for its next chapter.

Throughout the process, we’ve kept you posted as we drilled under the bedrock of the Buttermilk Channel to Brooklyn and snaked 2,500 feet of new pipe from Red Hook to Governors Island.  The remaining pipe and associated equipment to successfully connect the Island to New York City’s water system was completed earlier this month.The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has performed water quality testing to successfully confirm the water is potable! So visitors can now drink New York City’s water right here on the Island.

The new fountains feature a water refilling station and two "bubblers"

The new fountains feature a water refilling station and two “bubblers”

 

So bring over your own water bottle and fill it up here or just stop by for a quick drink before you enjoy everything else the Island has to offer.

Governors Island Welcomed Nearly 400,000 Visitors in Our 40 Day Season!

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More than 5,000 visitors previewed the new park under construction last weekend (photo of Tim Schenck)

We welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors in the 2013 season that just concluded on Sunday, and also made tremendous progress on constructing 30 acres of new park. Three hundred and ninety eight thousand visitors, an increase of 15% over last year, enjoyed the Island during the 40 day weekend and holiday Monday season from the end of May through the end of September. Governors Island closed to the public on September 29.
 
Fete Paradiso, a festival of vintage carousels and carnival rides from Europe was the highlight of the Governors Island 2013 season, joined by more than 60 new and returning programs including FIGMENT’s artist designed miniature golf course, the Jazz Age Lawn Party, Vintage Baseball and exhibits by the New York Historical Society, International Center for Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, and others.
 
In order to keep pace with an aggressive schedule to update Island infrastructure and create the extraordinary park, the southern half of the Island was closed to visitors during the 2013 season. Visitors to the Island were able to watch progress on construction from the Viewing Platform @ Liggett Arch. Free hard hat tours were offered for the general public and a broad range of organizations.
 
On the last weekend of the public season, we opened the park construction site to the public. More than 5,000 visitors walked through, enjoying the views of the Statue of Liberty just behind the sports fields under construction and seeing the more than one thousand trees that have already been planted.   Signs throughout the site, staff members and additional free tours provided information about the new park spaces, which will open next year.
 
Next month, we will conclude construction on 30 new acres of park. The Governors Island park and public spaces are designed by West 8, an acclaimed landscape architecture firm. The new park spaces includes Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a shady ten acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball.  These spaces will open for public use in May 2014. The Hills, an additional 10 acres of park, are currently under construction and will open to the public in May 2015.
 
Governors Island will re-open to the public in May 2014.

Preview the New Governors Island Park!

See the hedge maze under construction, newly planted trees and paths as a part of Park Preview weekend!

See the hedge maze under construction, newly planted trees, and asphalt paths and so much more as a part of Park Preview weekend!

You are invited to preview the new Governors Island Park on September 28 and 29!

Visitors can walk on their own or take a guided tour to see the transformation of acres of landfill into an incredible park.  The construction site will be open for one weekend only. Leading civic organizations including Community Board 1 in Manhattan, Community Board 2 in Brooklyn, the Governors Island Alliance, Transportation Alternatives, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, New Yorkers for Parks, the Alliance for Downtown New York and the American Society for Landscape Architects’ New York Chapter join The Trust in celebrating Park Preview weekend. The park construction site will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM both days.

Visitors to the construction site will see the hedge maze in Liggett Terrace taking shape, walk on newly laid asphalt paths, sit on curb and seat edges, see new trees that have been planted and head to the highest point in Hammock Grove to experience a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty and Harbor. In the distance, the Play Lawn and ball fields are taking shape and the Hills are beginning to rise. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will eventually rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of Staten Island, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Visitors can enter the park construction site at the Liggett Hall Arch. The site will be open from Noon to 6 PM on September 28 and 29. Guided tours will leave from the Arch as well at 1:30 and 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Registration in advance is not required. More information about guided tours are as follows:

Saturday 9/28, 1:30-2:15pm

Superstorm Sandy Success Stories: Designing a Resilient Park

Led by The Trust for Governors Island

Saturday 9/28, 3:30-4:15pm

Park Horticulture

Led by Annette Wilkus, Siteworks

Sunday 9/29,1:30-2:15pm

Park Horticulture

Led by Will Hart, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Sunday, 9/29, 3:30-4:15pm

Superstorm Sandy Success Stories: Designing a Resilient Park

Led by Jamie Maslyn, West 8

We also invite you to post pictures of your visit to the site  on Twitter (@gov_island) Facebook (Governors Island), Flickr (GovernorsIslandgroup) and Instagram (@governorsisland).

Governors Island closes to the public at 7 PM on Sunday, September 29.

Don’t miss this chance to see the park in progress for yourself!

Only Two Weekends Left to Enjoy All Things Governors Island!

 

This weekend is the last chance to enjoy FIGMENT’s season long exhibits, including mini golf!

This weekend is the last chance to enjoy FIGMENT’s season long exhibits, including mini golf!

Below are some of this weekend’s programs!

FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, 12pm to 5:30pm, Parade Ground

All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse on the the Parade Ground.

4 Heads Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park 
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. 4heads’ programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.

 

LMCC Open Studios, DD Dorvillier, Sunday, September 22   4 PM – 5 PM
LMCC invites viewers to an open studio to see a collection “in process” of Dorvillier’s past work, which has been categorized and catalogued according to different themes and frames. Her dancers will present a collection of these “steps” (titled A catalogue of steps) as part of her larger project A Diary of an Image.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy  presented by The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, 12pm to 6pm, Building 19

 

In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents an exhibition of photographs of the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that has drawn over 5,000 submissions, the exhibition includes work from professional photographers as well as community members and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

Fête Paradiso, 10:30pm to 6:30pm, Nolan Park

For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Free Kayaking, Saturday, 11am to 5pm, Pier 101

Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!

 

Join Us for Art, Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides, & Free Kayaking This Weekend!

The Fete is open for the next three weekends!

The Fete is open for the next three weekends!

Only three more weekends to enjoy Governors Island this season! Other events this weekend include:

4 Heads Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park 
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. 4heads’ programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, Building 15
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ArtShare for HeartShare program is available to artists in HeartShare Human Services of New York’s developmental disabilities program. Participants in the program are supported in their creative endeavors by volunteer artists in residence and a dedicated committee throughout the year. This is the second year that ArtShare for HeartShare will be exhibiting on Governors Island.

Fête Paradiso, 10:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Nolan Park
For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Free Kayaking, Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, Pier 101
Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!

See the Park in Progress at the Viewing Platform @ Liggett Arch! Saturday and Sunday, All Day
Head to Liggett Arch to see the new park that is under construction. Construction on the 30 acre park including Liggett Terrace, Hammock Grove and the Play Lawn will be complete this fall. Get a great view of all that is happening!

This Weekend on Governors Island: 4 Heads Art Fair, Artshare for Heartshare, Fete Paradiso and Much More!

Photo courtesy of 4 Heads

Photo courtesy of 4 Heads

Join us as we welcome even more art to our historic buildings and green spaces. On Saturday, the 4 Heads Art Fair opens, along with Art Share for Heart Share. These new exhibits will feature the work and creativity of more than 100 artists.

Ride vintage carousels and carnival rides at Fête Paradiso! Visitors will be delighted by the flying swings, bicycle carousel, pipe organ and French music throughout Nolan Park!

4 Heads Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park 
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. 4heads’ programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30am to 5:30pm, Building 15
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and neurological impairment. In addition to raising awareness of the capabilities of the people with disabilities, our artists continually progress in their art, expressing themselves in beautiful and meaningful ways.

The ArtShare for HeartShare program is available to artists in HeartShare Human Services of New York’s developmental disabilities program. Participants in the program are supported in their creative endeavors by volunteer artists in residence and a dedicated committee throughout the year. The program provides professional quality arts materials and culminates in an annual exhibition at the New Century Artists gallery, in Chelsea gallery district of Manhattan. The annual exhibition will be celebrating its 5th year of exhibiting in 2013. This is the second year that ArtShare for HeartShare will be exhibiting on Governors Island.

 Fête Paradiso, 10:30pm to 6:30pm, Nolan Park

For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!

Other events this weekend include FIGMENT‘s artist designed miniature golf, Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy exhibition by the International Center for Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society’s exhibit “WWII & NYC” and so much more 

Come Out to Governors Island This Weekend to Play Bocce, See Vintage Volkswagens and Ride a Vintage Carousel

Photo courtesy of RECESS

Photo courtesy of RECESS

This weekend on Governors Island, play bocce, see vintage VW bugs and a new exhibition by the International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York!

RECESS Bocce, Saturday August 24, 12pm to 5pm, Colonels Row

Itchy for bocce anyone? Join RECESS for a day of outdoor fun in the sun as 32 creative organizations put their lawn skills to the test, rolling and knocking off each other’s bocce balls on the makeshift grass courts on Colonel’s Row. Festivities include free bike rides, food vendors, a beer/wine tent and guest deejays. Visitors can try their hand on the public courts too or enjoy the infamous CALEXICO cart and JE & JO cookie dough ice cream that will be on site!

The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, Sunday August 25, 10am, Colonels Row

The Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic. With great views behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, Things, and other original VW’s circa 1950′s – 1970′s, this car show is a one-of-a-kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy presented by The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, 12 PM – 6:00 PM Building 19

In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents an exhibition of photographs of the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that has drawn over 5,000 submissions, the exhibition includes work from professional photographers as well as community members and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

See the Park in Progress with a Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Tour, Saturday, 11:30-12:15 and Sunday 3:00-3:45 PM

Join The Trust for Governors Island or members of the West 8 design team for a sneak peak of the construction of the 30 acres of new park and public spaces at the center of the Island. This tour takes visitors through the park construction site.  Space on the tours is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. Tours begin and end at Liggett Arch. Hardhats and vests will be provided and closed-toe footwear is required. Children over the age of 7 are welcome on tours.

This is just a sampling of all there is to do on the Island this weekend. Come out on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy all there is to offer!

Wayward Goats

Cream roams near the Earth Matter Learning Compost Center

Cream roams near the Earth Matter Learning Compost Center

It seems that our resident goats, Patches and Cream, who reside at the Earth Matter Compost Learning Center, tried to make a getaway this past Saturday.

The two  made it all the way to Pier 102 before being brought back to their home near the South Battery.

They are now safely at the Compost Learning Center and ready for visitors this weekend.

This Weekend: The Jazz Age Lawn Party, Art Exhibits and So Much More!

Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra bring the 1920's back to Governors Island!

Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra bring the 1920′s back to Governors Island!

 

This weekend on Governors Island, enjoy arts and culture for all ages!

Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th, come to the Jazz Age Lawn Party in Colonels Row.

Jazz Age Lawn Party: August 17 – 18, All Day, Colonels Row
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party — a dream of the 1920s nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor! Now in its eighth year, the event has become the quintessential outdoor celebration of the Jazz Age and its living legacy. Under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a delightful array of offerings abound throughout the day including: live music and dance performances, dance instruction for the hottest dance steps of the time, games for all ages, and a wide variety of 1920′s inspired refreshments and gourmet food for purchase. Tickets are required for this event and it often sells out. Advance General Admission tickets can be purchased online and if space is available, tickets will be sold at the door.

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn, and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Other Events This Weekend Include:

Fête Paradiso, 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Nolan Park
For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!

FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm to 5:30 pm, Parade Ground
All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse in the the Parade Grounds.

Better Than Jam Handmade Gifts Shop, 11 am to 6 pm, Nolan Park, Building 16
The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park. This weekend, the crafting gets creative at a free workshop of collage card making with Astrodub on Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm!

The Skate Truck NYC, Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm, Buoy Parking Lot
The Skate Truck NYC provides roller-skating equipment, helmets, and safety equipment to skaters of any age. Skate for fun. Skate for health. Skate for life!

Terreform ONE: Governors Hook Urbaneering Exhibit, All Day, Building 110
Check out LMCC’s art center exhibit portraying future innovative architecture, urban design, and landscapes.

Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm, Nolan Park
Come to Nolan Park for the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Free Art Island Outpost.

Pop-up Library & Outdoor Reading Room, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Settle in with a good book at the pop-up library and outdoor reading room presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, and NY Public Library.

Free Kayaking, Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, Pier 101
Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!

WWII & NYC: Photography and Propoganda, 10 am to 6:30 pm, Building 18
Through hands-on activities and moving photos, this exhibition, presented by the New York Historical Society, paints a vivid picture of life in war-mobilized New York, when virtually every industry, institution, and home was transformed into a venture to support Allied victory.

Rising Tide, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, Building 110
This show calls upon artists to react to rising tides of all stripes and draw attention to the new forms that result.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11am to 5pm, Building 110
LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to Building 110′s Gallery and their studios. Discover new artists, engage in the artistic process, and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer. LMCC is also the lead presenter of the River to River Festival, a four-week, multidisciplinary arts festival throughout Lower Manhattan.

Bike Governors Island, 10 am to 6 pm, Colonels Row and Yankee Pier Landing
Experience miles of car-free biking with a set of rented wheels fit just for you. Bike and Roll has bikes for all sizes and abilities, including kids’ bikes, kids’ trailers, and four-seater quadcycles.

Get the full list of Governors Island exhibits and programs on our website. Looking forward to seeing you on the Island!

This Weekend on Governors Island: Rite of Summer, Civil War Weekend

The Rite of Summer concert series continues this weekend on Saturday at 1 PM and 3 PM

The Rite of Summer concert series continues this weekend on Saturday at 1 PM and 3 PM (photo from Rite of Summer)

This weekend on Governors Island, visitors will enjoy classical music, history, carousels and so much more.

On Saturday, catch the Homage to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, presented by Rite of Summer. In honor of the seminal work’s hundredth anniversary, Ljova & Friends and the Fireworks Ensemble will perform re-imaginings of the piece in Colonels Row at 1pm and 3pm. The concert is free!

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the US Civil War on Governors Island Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Living historians with the National Parks Service will offer a glimpse of Civil War life as a solider with camp, musket and cannon firing demonstrations, as well as educational activities for the whole family.

On Sunday,  join us at Earth Matter’s Compost Outpost in the South Battery, where they will combine 11,000 lbs of neighbor food scraps with an equal amount of Governors Island (GI) yard waste to build a compost windrow down the center aisle.

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