American Society of Landscape Architects Honors Governors Island

Trust for Governors Island President Leslie Koch is honored at the ASLA's 100th Anniversary President's Dinner

Trust for Governors Island President Leslie Koch is honored at the ASLA’s 100th Anniversary President’s Dinner

Trust for Governors Island president Leslie Koch was honored on Thursday at the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s NY Chapter dinner. The ASLA recognized Leslie’s “dedication to transforming a valuable New York City waterfront asset into a world class destination.” Leslie was honored alongside Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin and New York 1 News.

The ASLA noted that Governors Island’s 30 new acres of park and public spaces, designed by West 8, are an “oasis in the middle of New York Harbor” that “will stand the test of time.”

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 

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