Field Report: Land, Ho! Bringing Potable Water to Governors Island

At approximately 11:00AM last Wednesday, our drilling contractor broke ground on Governors Island… except they did it from the ground up!

Horizontal Directional Drill

Land, ho! Our horizontal directional drill made landfall on the Island on Wednesday 9/4/13.

Is that a submarine poking out in front of the old commissary? No, it’s a horizontal directional drill seeing daylight for the first time in weeks after burrowing underneath the Harbor, all the way from Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Not sure what horizontal directional drilling is? We found this very cool informational video about the technology:

This “peek-a-boo” moment marks an exciting milestone in our effort to restore potable water to Governors Island.  By the end of this year, over 2300 linear feet of new water pipe will be installed beneath the Buttermilk Channel.  In 2014, our dedicated crew will continue to expand the potable water network throughout the north portion of the Island, as well as to the newly constructed park and public space. There’s more work to be done, but we are on schedule to ensure that potable water is fully restored by the end of next year. Future tenants and visitors can look forward to taking a sip of delicious Brooklyn water!

This Weekend on Governors Island: African Film Festival, Plus Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on The Hills!

Courtesy African Film Festival, Inc.

Courtesy African Film Festival, Inc.

This weekend, August 3 – 4, kicks off a new month of summer fun on Governors Island with cultural events and hands-on experiences for all ages! 

This Sunday, the African Film Festival celebrates Family Day on Governors Island by sharing an up-close and personal introduction to the culture of the African continent. Join us on Colonel’s Row from 12 pm to 5 pm for a great selection of rich and vibrant cultural activities for kids and adults alike, including free films, African dance classes, storytelling, and African cuisine.

Rendering Courtesy West 8

Rendering Courtesy West 8

Governors Island also made headlines last week when Mayor Bloomberg officially broke ground for The Hills, a new phase of the new park and open space plan that will highlight the transformed South Island. Ranging up to 80 feet in height with panoramic views of New York Harbor, the spectacular renderings of The Hills by West 8 are generating excitement around New York. Looking to the right from the viewing platform underneath Liggett Arch offers a glimpse at where The Hills will stand, just remember to say hello to the Statue of Liberty! With so much planned for the future of Governors Island, there’s plenty to look forward to even beyond this weekend’s attractions.

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!

Haven’t been out to Governors Island yet this summer? This is the perfect weekend to check out some of our unique ongoing exhibits. Fête Paradiso in Nolan Park, the FIGMENT tree house and artist-made minigolf on the Parade Ground, and LMCC’s exhibits in Building 110, just to name a few.

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 festivalcomplete with French music and cuisine!
  • 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, 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!
  • Earth Matter’s Compost at the Outpost, Building 12: Stop by the South Battery for a fun, free, and hands-on eco-experience! Meet our composting buddies: the goats, chickens, and worms that help us recycle food scraps into “black gold.” (They love picnic leftovers!)
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3pm, Nolan Park: Come to Nolan Park for the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Free Art Island Outpost.
  • Pop-up Library and 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, Queens andNY public libraries.
  • 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.
  • 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 Propaganda, 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.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11 am to 5 pm, Building 110: LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audiences 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!

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Groundbreaking for The Hills

Rendering Courtesy West 8

Rendering Courtesy West 8

Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference on Governors Island to break ground on The Hills, an exciting new phase in the Island’s transformation.  Made possible by $36 million in private funds, including a $15 million donation from Wendy and Eric Schmidt, The Hills are an extraordinary addition to the 30 acres of new park and public spaces currently under construction.

Set to open in 2015, the four hills will cover 11 acres of the South Island and range from 28 to 82 feet in height.  They will be positioned alongside other new aspects of the park also under construction, including play lawns, gardens and forests.  This engaging topographic feature will not only provide New Yorkers with a unique environmental experience, but also produce panoramic views of New York Harbor.  Unmatched perspectives of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty will all be within the sight lights formed from this new landscape.

West 8, the firm responsible for designing the transformation of the Island, balanced form and function as priorities in the creation of the Hills.  In addition to the aesthetic appeal of the new feature, the raised elevation will also protect the Island’s vegetation against the threat of rising sea levels.  The Hills will also be accessible to visitors of all ages, with areas to slide, climb, rest, and play.  With over $250 million invested in the transformation and improvement of the Island’s infrastructure, The Hills represent Governors Island’s mission to offer opportunities for New Yorkers to interact with their inspiring surroundings.  “The construction of these incredible Hills will continue the transformation of Governors Island,” said Mayor Bloomberg, “and will create a landmark in New York Harbor that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

High-resolution renderings and animation available for further information.

This Weekend on Governors Island: New York Poetry Festival, NYSCI Designing for Flight, Construction Tours, and More!

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

This weekend (July 27-28) features a diverse array of offerings on Governors Island to satisfy even the most artistic, inventive, and curious minds!  

We are excited to welcome back The Poetry Society of New York for the third annual New York Poetry Festival!  This two-day celebration of NYC’s vibrant poetry community includes over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets across three stages in historic Colonel’s Row. Visitors will be able to enjoy healthy and delicious food options, a beer garden, the Children’s Festival, and the Poetry Brothel  from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, it’s about to get scientific at Designing for Flight, an exhibit presented by the New York Hall of Science exploring some of the design and science involved in common and exciting forms of flight.  From 12pm to 4pm the Parade Ground becomes the Design Zone.  Bring your own kite (BYOK), enjoy demos by NYSCI Explainers, and experiment with making flying machines at this fun and informative event.

With so much happening on Governors Island, it’s hard to believe that even greater things are planned for the future.  This weekend’s offerings also include two opportunities at a fist-hand glimpse into the ongoing transformation of Governors Island with a Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Tour.  Come by Liggett Arch on July 27th at 11:30am andJuly 28th at 3pm to walk through the construction site of the 30 acres of new park and public spaces at the center of the Island. Children age 7 and above welcome. All attendees must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

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, 10:30am 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!
  • Bike New York Classes, Sunday, 11am to 1pm, Buoy Parking Lot: Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. Visit online for details and free pre-registration.
  • Vintage Baseball, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm, Parade Ground: See baseball played as it was at the turn of the last century! Visit the Parade Ground and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!
  • The Skate Truck NYC, 11am to 6pm, 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!
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm, 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 & Sunday, 12pm – 6pm: Settle in with a good book at the pop-up library and outdoor reading room presented by the Brooklyn, Queens and NY public libraries.
  • FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 5:30pm, 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.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11am-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.
  • Better Than Jam Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, 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 with card making and stamping with S2 Stationery on the Island!

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

High Above the Harbor: Governors Island July 2013

Governors Island Aerial: July 2013

We have gorgeous new images of the construction progress on Governors Island. Construction on the 30 acres of glorious new park and public space designed by West 8. These are the first aerials taken since the emotional and exciting implosion of Building 877 to make room for new open open and stunning views of the Harbor and Statue of Liberty.

You can also view a time-lapse perspective of progress over the past few months.

Image courtesy Carlo Buscemi Imagery
http://www.carlobus.com

 

Field Report: Water Feature Seating

This week, the Governors Island construction team took a field trip to check on the production and fabrication of the elliptical granite seating for the new water feature that will be installed in Liggett Terrace. Check out our slideshow below to see slabs of granite become comfy seats!

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Field Report: Foundations for Fountains

Fountain Foundations

Fountain Foundations

Construction on the 30 new acres of glorious park and public spaces on Governors Island continues apace! We have recently installed the foundations for three new fountains. The fountains are situated in the Liggett Terrace area of the new park at the center of Governors Island. The best part: the fountains will include water features designed for playing and sized for visitors big and small.

When completed, Liggett Terrace will be a sunny, six-acre plaza featuring moveable seating, public art, and food. Park designers West 8 drew inspiration from historical landscape gardens and hedges. Liggett Terrace will include a children’s hedge maze in addition to the fountains.

Liggett Terrace Rendering Courtesy West 8

Liggett Terrace Rendering Courtesy West 8

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