Liberty Terrace

The Statue of Liberty serves as an icon for New York City, a symbol recognized around the world and visited by millions of tourists each year. Yet, ironically, while the Statue was visible to generations of immigrants, soldiers and other ship passengers arriving in New York Harbor, it is often invisible to today’s New Yorkers. Only on the Staten Island ferry or Red Hook waterfront have New Yorkers experienced the view of Liberty and the emotions it has provoked since its dedication in 1889.

Liberty Terrace connects New York City to the Statue of Liberty. Standing on the Terrace, the visitor sees Lady Liberty’s face in person, perhaps for the first time. As visitors tour the Great Promenade, from either direction, the Statue comes in view, as a surprise when rounding the South Prow, or first in profile on the Island’s western Promenade. As cyclists head south or pedestrians meander through the park, the trees, hills and lawns frame views of the Statue, all culminating at Liberty Terrace.

Here, the Statue is a natural magnet to draw people to a terrace designed for gathering, views and people-watching. Liberty Terrace looks out at Ellis Island, the Hudson River and the views of the Harbor. Behind, it is
framed by the slopes of the Hills.

Children come here to run through fountains and climb on play structures designed to evoke the watery Harbor beyond. Visitors of all ages take pictures of the Statue and of each other, sit on benches and chairs or the nearby lawn. The Shell offers food, bicycles and other amenities and a welcoming place to lounge and rest, sheltered from the summer sun, and warmed to protect from the winter winds.

As the day draws to a close, visitors watch the sun set from Liberty Terrace — the Harbor and Statue bathed in the pink expanse of sky.

  • Site Plan & Areas

    Take a walk through the future park and public spaces.
    This section elaborates each major area of the park and public spaces. For information about the future of the development zones and tenancies in the Historic District, please visit About …

  • Soissons Landing

    Soissons Dock served as the arrival point for Governors Island ferries for decades, but the area was utilitarian in function with the convergence of asphalt roadways. It contained few amenities to welcome visitors or celebrate a unique vantage point on…

  • Great Promenade

    The Great Promenade runs for 2.2 miles along Governors Island’s perimeter. In a 45-minute walk, or much less time on a bicycle, visitors experience a 360° view of New York Harbor from the water’s edge: the skylines of Lower Manhattan…

  • Historic District

    The 92-acre Governors Island Historic District, including the 22-acre Governors Island National Monument, is a nationally and locally designated historic district. Changes to the Historic District are guided by preservation and design standards that seek to protect the architectural and…

  • Liggett Terrace

    Designed as the centerpiece of McKim Mead and White’s 1930’s “Island Beautiful” plan, Liggett Hall is a massive U-shaped Neo-Georgian structure that transverses the Island. Its most distinctive feature is the Arch, the monumental archway that connects the Historic District…

  • Hammock Grove

    The Hammock Grove provides an area of filtered light and shade between the cultivated sunny space of Liggett Terrace and the open expanse of the Play Lawn and the Hills and Harbor beyond. Visitors come to the seven-acre grove to…

  • Play Lawn

    The Play Lawn is an 11-acre green expanse where children and adults play sports, soak in the sun, roll around on the grass, grill, and gather.
    In the largest multi-purpose lawn area, two regulation-sized ballfields support league baseball, softball, soccer…

  • The Hills

    The southern half of the Island stretches from the flat plantings and paving of Liggett Terrace through the gentle sloping paths of the Hammock Grove and Play Lawn to four hills rising in height from 46 feet to 82 feet…

  • South Prow

    The bell of a buoy sounds, storm clouds are visible in the distance, the temperature drops and the breeze picks up as the visitor rounds the Island’s southern tip. Gone are the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn waterfront. Ahead, as…

Comments (118)

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  • Please plan for ample public restrooms and reasonably priced food offerings that are family oriented.

    By Rich Rotondo on April 14, 2010 11:52 am
  • The design is great, but it is the Manhattan problem, an island where you can’t touch the water. Where do I beach the kayak?

    By Peter Brown on April 14, 2010 5:22 pm
  • Nice stuff. But a glaring omission: What are the “Development” areas? Will this be residential, commercial, what? They are huge portions of the island, and it feels as if you’re sugar-coating a possible playground for the rich.

    By tom Bloom on April 20, 2010 5:45 am
  • The plans for the Southern tip are absolutely fantastic! I recall, As a teenager in the early 1940s, there was nothing beyond the parade grounds other than an area previously used as an incinerator. At the time a far cry from the very beautiful Northern end.

    By Wm. Fraser on April 26, 2010 9:08 am
  • The designs seem to perpetuate the notion that the public likes nothing more than vast expanses of lawn, endless uniform paths, railings and seating, and trendy design elements. The ‘hammock grove’ idea is cute, but I’d say doomed to fail..not sure why, exactly, but it seems creepy – like the movie, “Cocoon”…Maybe also because it’s too much like organized relaxation. Ditto for the huge lawns. Sheep Meadow works because the East and West side crowds come from close by…not an hour by train and boat. For all the Gov. Is. design effort there’s not enough to make people want to come all the way here. Needs more of an incentive than pretty scenery and landscaping, and passive pastimes. The whole ‘project’ seems to have been imposed, ala Robt. Moses (thought of more as a control freak than an Olmstead-type visionary) – and not allowed to evolve naturally over time.. Maybe if there were a slew of diverse attractions – a maritime museum, aquarium, an estuarium, botanical garden, truly informal open space, as in fields, where native plants – indigenous species, well, downright weeds could flourish – not the ‘keep off’ ornamental plantings so prevalent in man-made parks. An amusement park..something earthy, like a cheap carnival perhaps…and the beach cove someone suggested would be worth it just to have a sandy place closer than Coney Is., which could allow swimming and rowboats, informal cabana cafes..these might make the Island more of a people magnet. Look at Krevey’s Pier 66 Maritime barge – the hottest thing on the Hudson River waterfront these days. It’s because there’s a funky mix of nautical flavor, old boats, old machinery, an open air bar and cafe, a hip sort of lowdown dockside atmosphere, a skydeck..it’s a bonafide destination – an adventure. Compare that with what looks like yet another Parks Dept-run cafe on Governors – the clam shell design – even just looking at the drawing says it’s probably beyond the pocket of many visitors and doesn’t really give back as an attraction. The Hill thing looks promising, but I’d be disappointed if all there was at the top after climbing was the view, with just more lawn. (And lawns – don’t they have to constantly be watered, mowed and fertilized?) What also annoys is the proximity of the steep hill crowding the waterfront esplanade…it’s claustrophobic,and that waiting room seating snaking along the path…I bet few will really want to spend much time there. I hate to say it but this plan feels like a sort of snow job. Might be better even to let community groups section some of it up for gardens, or the vibrancy of diverse small retail ventures…opening things up more to chance.

    By Keith Rodan on April 26, 2010 12:17 pm
  • I’d like to add to my earlier comment that the “swimming cove beach” concept for the south end of Governors Island is by Adam Brown, of the Working Waterfront Association, and Mary T. O’Connor, architect.

    By Keith on April 26, 2010 3:48 pm
  • We were informed that the footprint of the fort was the footprint of Shakespeare’s Globe and an excellent possible venue for theatre. What has happened to this idea?

    By Lorraine Lasker on May 3, 2010 1:06 pm
  • Great website has everything I remember from my time stationed there
    1967-68 with the Coast Guard. Looking forward to returning with a friend that was in the Army there in 1946-47

    By John Nesbitt on May 5, 2010 6:36 pm
  • Its way over designed. Give to New Yorkers an island they
    can explore. Take as inspiration any island in Maine, including beaches, meadows, trees, a port with waterfront
    restaurants, and fuse it with the existing environment on
    Governors Island, including the historic buildings, lawns,
    and trees. Keep it simple. Don’t tire the people with staged views and tons of concrete. The less imposing design the bigger the joys of discovery. And it costs less too.

    By Gunnar Theel on May 8, 2010 12:52 pm
  • Very nice design. However it seems to be a six month a year habitat. There should be Fall and Winter Activities such as a skating pond and tracks for x country skiers. I would also suggest a train or trolley that allows visitors to find easy circulation to all parts of the island. Outdoor seating and outdoor eating would be a great combination. Perhaps a 4 season destination restuarant with a an aquarium as the focal point.

    By Joel Weinstein on May 11, 2010 7:25 am
  • PUBLIC ACCESS FROM THE WATER

    Harvey Morginstin, PE
    Bloomfield, NJ March 20, 2010

    Abstract: Public access to the water should be expanded to include the public’s right of access from the water to the land. This will provide benefits to the people on the shore as well as the water.

    “Mankind has always looked to the sea with trepidation and awe. The sight of open water is mesmerizing and activity on the water be it waves or sailing ships, heightens our interest. We leave this view with sadness hoping to return again and again.”

    The general tendency of mankind has been to provide public access from the land to the water. Even Roman law set aside the waters edge for use by the general public. This exists to this day in the form of riparian rights. Great architectural detail of design for walkways and public waterfront parks are common. Manhattan is a case in point, with ample waterfront walkways and bike paths along the Hudson and East rivers for the public. Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh have extensive walkways on the waterfront.

    What is generally missing from the achievements of public access is access from the water to the land. All too often waterfront developers and city planners seem to think that waterfront “access” is merely a finely paved pedestrian walkway lined with paving blocks and landscaping with a great variety of colorful flowers. Certainly there are also many commercial uses of waterfront property such as ferry terminals and very private, exclusive and expensive marinas. Public access via commercial ferries is a terrific addition to the transportation system. But there is also a need for private vessels to also be accommodated. It should be just as convenient to take your boat to a waterfront site as it is to drive there in your car. Just imagine the public’s reaction if all public travel was only allowed by mass transportation. Yet that is the general situation when water travel is concerned.

    Public access to and from the water for private vessels of all sizes requires careful city planning in order to expand the outlook beyond the water’s edge to the water itself.

    The addition of public floating docks and walkways from the docks to the shore will provide both a means and justification for the transient boater to visit the local area by water and not travel there by car. Thus sufficient dock space will be needed for such visitors, visiting by boat. For high usage areas these new floating docks could be equipped with parking meters that accept credit cards. If the meters were placed 20 feet apart, then a 60-foot vessel would have to pay at 3 meters. Kayaks could be brought ashore and secured to suitably designed racks.

    Any small boat, sailboat, cabin cruiser, canoe or kayak should have a place to safely land, tie up and allow the passengers to come ashore. This requires many floating docks and access gangways from the dock to the land. Very few such facilities exist in our major cities

    Local and area residents, young and old, will certainly enjoy fishing from these docks. Therefore the end of the dock should be equipped with suitable features to accommodate fishing needs. Benches and tables for the general public’s use should also be supplied.

    The economic benefits to the local municipality that has implemented a boater friendly waterfront redevelopment plan will be substantial. Boaters from around the metropolitan area will now have the necessary facilities to visit the local area and bring a fresh infusion of spenders.

    Allowing boaters to come by boat and safely tie up at a municipal marina would provide boating visitors with the opportunity to enjoy local entertainment venues such as sporting events, theater and area restaurants.

    Many floating docks are needed along the shorelines of our towns and cities so as to be in walking distance of city and town public gathering places.

    Floating docks should have several different heights above the water and also an area with a sloping surface to the water. The design should accommodate kayaks, canoes, small boats and larger vessels. Docks should be ADA compliant and have adequate lighting. Security monitoring can be achieved by closed circuit TV. Dock areas with high usage could be supplemented with paid uniformed marina attendants. This would be a great summer job opportunity for the student population.

    The public enjoys parks and water walkways. To gaze out over the water is very soothing to the spirit. And having the added benefit of watching recreational boat traffic cruise on the waterway increases the interests of onlookers.

    If planners are going to do something for the local community through their efforts to redevelop the city’s waterfront then their foresight, vision, and planning should result in their doing it “right” the first time. Looking at the waterfront improvement to bring the public to the water is only half the design; the finishing touch is to have a design that allows those already on the water to have access to the land.

    An excellent example is found on the Inland Waterway, Stewart, FL. See the pictures that follow on next page.

    By harvey morginstin on May 11, 2010 2:49 pm
  • Instead of “development zones”, sure to become enclaves of private luxury housing and give-aways to well-connected real-estate developers, turn those two large areas into natural areas (perhaps salt marshes) that will attract some of the millions of birds that migrate along the Atlantic fly-way each year.
    Perhaps an elevated boardwalk-type structure could be used to carry the perimeter promonade safely over these two natural areas.

    By Tom on May 16, 2010 8:26 am
  • New Yorkers are in desparate need of additional tennis courts. Downtown, specifically lower manhattan, only has courts on the lower east side, under the Williamsburg Bridge.

    Governors Island would be the perfect place for a 24 court tennis facility.

    By Marc on May 17, 2010 1:28 pm
  • I have to say I agree with Keith. I live in Manhattan and have quick access to Central Park, Riverside and the Cloisters w/ the lovely museum and garden. I have two children. What would make me want to drag my kids all the way to Gov’ Island just to see some nice scenery? OH and don’t get me started w/ the lack of bathrooms! I went last year for the overrated 1st annual water festival and had to leave early because there was very little to eat and only a few of the port’o'potty booths that were placed there just for the ‘festival’. Very disappointed. Are they going to charge a fee now? Then it’s just for tourists. Hope we make a ton of money here. Hope you know what you’re doing. And good luck… you’re going to need it.

    By Evelyn on May 18, 2010 2:54 pm
  • New York has an is a gateway to the United States and, until recently, access has been by the sea.
    Governor’s Island should have a public Marina to provide access for the many recreational boaters who travel to New York.

    By William Bisceglia on May 22, 2010 5:30 am
  • I believe the for-profit New York University is trying to build a satellite campus on parts of the “Development” areas.
    Well, at least we’ll have the Brother Islands…..for now…

    By Alex Lemell on May 31, 2010 4:42 pm
  • Hi Alex,

    The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) is pursuing a multi-phase, mixed use development policy to bring Governors Island back to life. In the future, Governors Island will be home to a vibrant mix of uses, including great public open space, as well as future educational, cultural, not-for-profit and commercial facilities. GIPEC is seeking tenants for historic buildings, as well as for areas of new development.

    NYU has included Governors Island in its 2031 Plan. As with any organization seeking tenancy on Governors Island, NYU would be required to respond to a competitive and transparent Request for Proposals (RFP) process to lease buildings or development space. GIPEC has no open RFPs at this time.

    By admin on June 2, 2010 5:31 am
  • We actually live very close to the ferry to governor’s island at pier 6 in Brooklyn. Thus, GI is easy to access. Nevertheless, there is nothing on the island today or envisioned for the future to tempt me.

    I agree with other posts on this site that GI needs to be differentiated from other NYC diversions to attract visitors. We should consider developing GI into an adult attraction, such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

    By Eric on June 12, 2010 9:24 am
  • Renderings show bikes on the same path as ambling walkers. As someone who rides the bike, the biggest annoyance is walkers 5 abreast meandering along paths. I hope there will be delineated areas for walkers and bikers so both can enjoy the experience of Gov island.

    By rr on June 13, 2010 1:40 pm
  • This looks great but after reading several comments, I also have some concerns. What are the developmental areas? I think putting condos or town houses would deminish the whole idea of having a ‘park island’.

    Also, I agree, as a cyclist, I would be willing to take an hour train to get to the ferry to ride on this island, but if I have to dogde walkers & runners the whole time, this becomes dangerous for both.

    I do say on the brighter side, that it NOT being a people magnet might be a good thing. Living in a city, I like to be able to go somewhere to feel like I am not crowded by the very thing I wanted to get away from. People!

    By Lisa on June 17, 2010 9:30 am
  • I took a trip to Governor’s Island today and felt like I had gone on vacation away from the city. I loved the patches of weeds and wildflowers and the light airy openness of the place. It had a free and wild feeling to it. It was a wonderful contrast to the controlled concrete environment that Manhattan is. Looking over the plan I am very disappointed. It appears to be overly landscaped, overly designed and overly controlling. While I am not advocating leaving the place to weeds, it appears that this plan includes too many paved pathways that one must stay on, formal gardens, terracing, the ubiquitous boring expanse of lawn and a make believe forest. Why not just leave it more open and relaxed? The Wetland Gardens seem to me to be the only part of the plan that makes sense. If I were designing a plan for the island, I would leave out all of the trees and shade – New Yorkers don’t get enough sun and openness due to the big buildings. I would make soft dirt meandering pathways like the horse paths in Central Park. Our feet are killing us from walking on hard paving all of the time. I would incorporate low maintenance, cottage style gardens with self- sowing annuals and freely spreading perennials. Most of all I would make the island be all about its main feature – the water. Surrounded by it, why not let New Yorkers actually touch the water, swim in it, go boating, pull up nets full of sea life? How many promenades do we need? Water water everywhere and not a drop to access.

    By Lois on June 19, 2010 7:18 pm
  • Friggin awesome!

    By steph on June 30, 2010 6:47 am
  • Doesn’t the city need to make money in these hard economic times? Anyway, how about moving some of the 4th of July fireworks show to Governors Island. The meadows and hills sound good, but how is that making money for the city?

    Do a New York City fair on Governors Island around the 4th each year, advertise it, set up rides and booths. Set up seating along the shore line of the island and charge people a small fee to see fireworks with a clear view. On that note, if some of the fireworks were at the Statue of Liberty, it would be perfect for viewing. At least find a way to make it an exciting dynamic place that makes money at the same time!

    By DR on July 7, 2010 5:44 pm
  • re soissons landing: all you need here is a decent place in the shade to wait on line for the next ferry. with restrooms near by. Do you people go to governors island?

    By rob on July 15, 2010 5:55 am
  • re liggett terrace: you should keep minigolf here. though with 18 holes and holes that are actually playable in some fashion. (Sorry, Figment, this year’s batch not as good as most of last year’s — though there were a few clunkers last year too.)

    By rob on July 15, 2010 5:59 am
  • more liggett terrace: parks should not “undulate” and why would we need flower beds here?

    By rob on July 15, 2010 6:00 am
  • i don’t get this plan. why not more ball fields, tennis courts, kite places, food courts. Hills? this is crazy! why waste this space?

    By rob on July 15, 2010 6:02 am
  • I echo the concerns of others regarding the “development zones.” Are these set aside for luxury housing, commercial spaces, etc?

    By Mr Jones on July 18, 2010 7:45 am
  • I love GI just the way it is. Tarting it up will only create another Highline (only for tourists),BPC (sterile), Union Sq playground (unsafe design))or Seaport (too much of a failure to descirbe). And the NYC Fire Dept practice bldg should remain, as well. I am advising my friends to see it now, before its charm is destroyed.

    By liz garfield on July 26, 2010 7:42 am
  • I love the island right now – if there was a pool or beach , it would be perfection. my family and i have been coming weekends for the last 3 summers and we love it. ok, so a few more amenities would be nice but i am saddened and appalled by the “development” plans. it will make this look like every other overly landscaped, overly planned promenade in the country, if not the world. Ft Jay, Castle William, the park rangers, the hammocks, the bikes, kayaks and fishing, a few traveling oddities like last years organic farm/houseboat and this years circus trainers – all this makes it funky and fun. you never know exactly what you will find but you know it wont be a slick mall. why cant it be left (practically) alone. the only thing i’d change is to add a pool or beach, a few more bathrooms and get rid of the modern apts in the middle behind the wire for more open space. please, please get rid of the glossy,generic, overly landscaped, overly designed plan and let it be. its unique now, it will be utterly boring if this design takes place.

    By EL on July 30, 2010 7:30 pm
  • Mr. Jones,
    Thanks for your comment. Housing is currently not permitted on Governors Island due to deed restrictions. The development zones are 33 acres of space that could be the site of a variety of uses — educational, non profit or commercial. You can learn more about them here: http://www.govislandpark.com/about-governors-island/.

    By Ellen on August 5, 2010 12:19 pm
  • My name is Sergeant First Class Theodore H. Lloyd , and I was born on the Island back in 1952 when my Dad was Stationed there. We lost Dad in Korea on his 2nd tour over there. Mom and I had to leave the Army at that point. One day I would like to bring my Wife, children and our Grand children to the Island. The Island is a Beautiful place !

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on August 6, 2010 7:57 am
  • Where’s the marina that will accomodate transient boaters who want to visit the island?

    By Ron on August 12, 2010 8:35 am
  • Ron,

    The Park and Public Space Master Plan is a comprehensive design for 87 acres of open space on the Island. Creating a marina on the Island, building new structures in the development zones or becoming a tenant in one of the Island’s historic buildings are not addressed in the plan, but would result from an open and competitive RFP process. There are currently no open RFPs for development on the Island.

    By Ellen on August 12, 2010 11:04 am
  • The Park and Space Master Plan is not very comprehensive if it totally neglects to provide floating docks for various sizes of transient boaters. Look at a google earth view of the west side of the Hackensack River just north of the Route 3 Bridges for a good example of what should be done.

    By harvey morginstin on August 12, 2010 1:22 pm
  • So Harvey maybe you and I should be in charge of making sure that GI includes such a marina?

    By Ron on August 19, 2010 8:01 am
  • Ellen,

    I too strongly support facilities for transient boaters. Leaving this as an afterthought, part of an “open and competitive RFP process” means that it is not a priority and will not be integrated into the plan, and might not happen.

    NYC, despite being an island, is strangely lacking in boating facilities. There is a 10-year waiting list for a slip at the 79th street boat basin, so there seems to be lots of demand.

    Is there some formal mechanism for feedback and suggestions, or is posting here the only way to participate in the the process?

    David

    By David on August 30, 2010 11:30 am
  • Thanks for your comment. A marina is outside the scope of the Park and Public Space Master Plan. The development of a marina would be part of the Island’s mixed-use, multi-phased development strategy, the first phase of which is already underway. At appropriate intervals depending on market conditions and potential interest and suitability of concepts for the Island, The Trust issues and will continue to issue Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for development. This type of process has resulted in a public high school, new artist studios and a dining and entertainment venue. The Park and Public Space Master Plan that you see here is a design for 87 acres of open space on the Island including the Great Promenade, 33 acres of public space in the Historic District, and a new 40 acre park on the Island’s southern end.

    There are a variety of ways to participate in the public process for the Park and Public Space Master Plan, and to give your thoughts about the Island in general as we always want to hear the public’s ideas for the Island and its uses. For the Park and Public Space Plan specifically, you can post comments here and there is also an interactive exhibit on Governors Island through which visitors can leave their comments. The Trust for Governors Island reads and listens to all comments and collates them to give to the design team so they have all this information as they move forward in the design process. Additionally, we regularly make presentations at public meetings to community boards and encourage the public to ask us questions there as well. Earlier this summer, we presented to Community Boards 1 and 3 in Manhattan and 2 and 6 in Brooklyn. For the Island generally, you can also comment through our website by emailing info@govisland.nyc.gov.

    You can see these presentations here: http://www.govisland.com/html/involved/meetings.shtml and this page will be updated as any future meetings are scheduled. I would also encourage you to sign up for our newsletter https://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.581e86ec2f2e8218ac43d91012289da0 and our blog at http://www.govislandblog.com so you can stay apprised of all that is happening on the Island and provide your feedback on its development.

    By Ellen on August 31, 2010 10:33 am
  • Thanks very much for your comment. As we mentioned, we will be passing all comments onto the design team.

    By Ellen on September 3, 2010 10:08 am
  • Most of the island is fine just the way it is now. Don’t be afraid of a few weeds. I’m shocked by the idea that someone suggested “no more trees”. I agree that the hammock grove sounds creepy and would not survive the inevitable lapse of maintenance; everything should be planned with that in mind. What is
    missing most is any provision for
    those who would like to simply get away from exhibitions, entertainments,
    family gatherings, and crowd pleasing events. Give us some unplanned, unpaved, unimproved, uncrowded open
    space to explore, or to just sit down in and watch the weeds grow and the ferries pass by.

    By Donald Kane on September 16, 2010 7:31 am
  • What a Palestra for NYC colleges and High School sports? MSG is too big and expensive, NYC needs a 10-12000 seat arena for College Hoops, and concerts. Would also be a rain location if the NY Philharmonic and Met Opera want to perform in inclement weather. Roll-away stands make the arena very flexible and useful. NYU Columbia Fordham Manhattan CUNY and St. Johns would fill the place up many weeknights and weekends.

    By MJ on September 24, 2010 8:39 pm
  • Please please please think carefully before you do any work on Governors Island. As i’ve said on another part of your forum this is a historical sight and it would be a real shame to turn it into a Mini Manhattan.The Development Zones are “currently” safe for now.

    By Jonny Campbell, Dundee. on October 7, 2010 10:44 am
  • Is this going to become “NYU’s park” like Washington Square Park is?

    By bette on October 13, 2010 2:01 pm
  • The future park and public space on Governors Island will be available for everyone to enjoy, including visitors to the Island and all future tenants.

    In terms of future development and welcoming additional tenants to the Island, NYU has included Governors Island as a potential location in their 2031 Plan. As with any future tenant for the Island, NYU would have to respond to an open and transparent Requests for Proposals (RFP) process. There are no open RFPs at this time.

    By Elizabeth on October 15, 2010 7:37 am
  • I’ve visited GI on numerous occasions since it was opened to the public. Please try to preserve the natural landscape and encourage and protect natural wetlands on the island. I recently vacationed at Bar Harbor, Maine enjoying the national treasure that is Acadia National Park. What’s sorely missing in NYC is an oasis where we NYers can stop being busy. relax and reflect. There are so few places, like the Closters in Tryon Park, or Central Park. Everywhere in NY where there is development it’s all concrete, class, modern sculptures etc. – a sanitized environment that doesn’t promote rejuvenation only promoting commerce. What makes GI so unique now is how simple it it right now. More sustainable gardens, kayaking access to the island, educational centers for the public to learn about sustainability with gardens and the waterways, workshops on the island for the businesses that operate on the waterways around NYC, The city emergency agencies should have access for training themselves AND the public in catastrophic emergencies. Please coordinate with the Bronx Botanical Garden for the appropriate fauna on the Island and the many suggestions to have a marine life center here for visitors are on point. AMNH would be invaluable resource for that info. Cyclists, we are a curious breed – we love the openness of biking being in connection with the world around us but we don’t enjoy not riding due to pedestrian “traffic jams”. Have access to the island earlier on weekends perhaps for cyclists to really get their miles in, pedestrian free.

    By Robin on October 15, 2010 10:20 am
  • The Chapel – Actually there were two(2), but the historic chapel. What is to become of it? Will it remain on site, who will own or manage it? I believe the local Episcopal Church donated it to the U.S. Govt. Does it revert back to them?

    By Karl A Lindblad on October 27, 2010 9:35 am
  • St. Cornelius Chapel, which is owned by Trinity Wall Street, is a historic building and as such is a protected structure. As with all historic buildings on Governors Island, it will remain on the Island in the future. The chapel is open to the public during the public access season and has hosted art installations, events and lectures.

    By Elizabeth on October 28, 2010 6:39 am
  • I live in Chicago and visit New York, and I wanted to go to Governors Island but arrived too late in October. It’s interesting that both cities have elegant visions of islands. On the Chicago lakefront is Northerly Island, which for now is prairie where Meigs airport was demolished. For the past couple of years, designers have been conjuring splendid fantasies of an island transformed into a wilderness in microcosm, with beaches for kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing and with an arc of smaller islands extending into Lake Michigan and sheltering a SCUBA lagoon. There also are plans for an open-air theater and a bird hospital, and there even are fleeting fantasies of a whitewater course originally conceived for the 2016 Olympics that won’t happen here. And so it goes. Northerly Island at present is half the size of Governors island; it would be developed quite differently; and it isn’t technically an island, having an land bridge to the city. But the spirit of development is similar to that of Governors island. I wonder if the planners of both islands are talking to each other.

    Tom Hall

    By Tom Hall on November 8, 2010 4:51 pm
  • I lived on GI for a year and a half, 1987-1989. I visited this past June and loved it. It was sad though to see the empty apt. buildings and stores. We had a hotel, a bowling alley, Burger King, Baseball fields, a movie theatre,a library, K-6th grade school…It was great. Maybe some of these things could be brought back. I would love to spend a weekend in a hotel on the island, or overnight tent camping…

    By Cheryl Larsen on November 13, 2010 10:52 pm
  • i was stationed on g.i. for my 4 years in the coast guard from 1975 to 1979. i met my future wife who was a federal worker on the island. we got engaged on the ferry boat the tides which was one of the three ferry boats based on g.i.We visit g.i. about 5 times every year. it is noted that the crowds are getting larger and larger as the island stays open till october. i think sometimes less is better,there are great views from anywhere on the island. the bike riding is a plus.also it was nice when they opened up the whole island for viewing. we would like to visit during the winter,hope they open up all year round.

    By john biscuti on December 18, 2010 1:21 pm
  • I spent the three BEST years of my childhood on Governors Island, from 1958 to 1961. Such great memories! The smell of the sycamores along the seawall, Halloweening on Colonel’s Row, playing ‘war’ in the Quadrangle (we were Army brats,after all!) birthday cake sparklers at the beautiful Officer’s Club, riding the small ferry into Manhattan… I will never see it again the way it was then, but I am hoping that it is not changed too dramatically, as its nature and gift is one of quiet history.

    By Anne Kunzig on January 24, 2011 9:47 am
  • I was stationed on GI in 1969, and thought it was the most beautiful military base in the US. I would like to see it open year round, and some of the buildings used as visitor lodging. Maybe a bed and breakfast for weekend visits at least. I would love to fly to NYC to spend a week end on the Island, I have a lot of great memories there.

    By Jim on January 24, 2011 10:50 pm
  • For a number of years around the turn of the millenium, as the lead ARchitect with Working Waterfront Association, we developed a cove swimming beach for the southern tip of Governor’s Island. Its a great concept. Should we give it another round with the powers that be? Anyone interested in seeing the project?

    By Ma on January 31, 2011 6:00 am
  • The swimming beach would also go very well with the oyster beds and aquaculture initiatives.

    By Mary T. O'Connor on January 31, 2011 6:01 am
  • I lived on GI from 1973-1976 and enjoyed living there. I lived in the old Brick Village behind the exchange/commissary. WE had the movies, pool, bowling and open air sights. I used to walk my oldest son around the base and would always point out to him the Statue of Liberty. He loved to ride the ferry… and so did I. Please do not destory it by building hills, and killing the look of the Island.

    My brother Neil (1954-2009) was also stationed on GI for many years with his family until he retired on disablity, and when the base closed, his wife BJ whom had worked as a civilian employee transferred to Virgina where they lived until Neil had passed on.

    By Sallie Nemerowsky on March 1, 2011 5:28 am
  • I forgot to mention that I would love to see Governors Island opened year round, especially since I ususally take my vacation in October-Novemeber. It would be nice to have a hotel/motel/lodge (guest housing) on the base as well. When my brother was alive, we would stay at Fort Hamilton. This would be a great way to make money and keep GI ALIVE.

    Always make sure that there are plenty of rest rooms availbale as well.

    By Sallie Nemerowsky on March 1, 2011 5:37 am
  • I was born on GI back in AUG 1952, and my Dad was stationed on the Island and was assigned to the 64th MP BN ,HHC, Honor Guard Platoon. We lost Dad in Korea in 1953,it was his 2nd tour over there! I just hope that the rich History on G I will never be forgotten. Some day I would like to bring my Family to G I . The Island I call home! Respectfully SFC Theodore H. Lloyd

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on March 1, 2011 11:31 am
  • We hope you can visit as well! The Island opens this year on May 27th and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (as well as Holiday Mondays) through September 25!

    By Elizabeth on March 2, 2011 8:43 am
  • Im a student of New York Harbor School, a urban assembly high school, this is our first year in governors island. It seems that all student there like the environment that surrounds us. I like being part of a unique school in which all students care about their GPA, not how cool they are. It seems that since we moved to governors island students care more about nature. We like being in that island the way it is, but I wish the island could be open to the public all year long. They should also have some kind place to stay ove night if you want, but for us the students, we can only be there untill 6:00pm if we stay after that we can be arrested.

    By A.. on March 16, 2011 8:57 pm
  • The Great Promenade photo is misleading. The man has a bucket of what appears to be freshly-caught fish. The island has a strict catch and release policy, the same for all waters around the city. You should not encourage fishermen to come to the island thinking they can catch their dinner.

    By Kevin on April 4, 2011 9:24 am
  • I would like to thank Elizabeth for the time frame to visit GI . I still Serve with the U S Army PA Army National Guard in Carlisle PA . My position here is a Recruiter and I need to make time to go on leave and bring my Family to G I. I would like to show our Grand Children where I was born and also where their Great Grand Father Served. Respectfully SFC Theodore H. Lloyd

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on April 5, 2011 9:09 am
  • Governors Island opens to the public on Friday, May 27th and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and all Holiday Mondays through September 25. We very much hope you and your family can come out and visit!

    By Elizabeth on April 8, 2011 9:52 am
  • Thank you Eizabeth ! I will take leave during this time frame and make sure we make the trip back home to G I!

    Respectfully
    SFC Theodore H. Lloyd

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on April 8, 2011 1:01 pm
  • October is the time I wan’t to be there. Why not keep the island open for visitors who just want to walk and think with all summertime activities suspended? At least until
    October 15th.

    By Donald on April 26, 2011 8:04 am
  • Governors Island is a great place to spend a summer or early fall day. Currently, the Island is open as many days as possible within the constraints of our budget, but in the future, it is envisioned that the Island will be open for even more days/weeks of the year. We hope to see you on the Island this year between May 27 and September 25!

    By Elizabeth on April 27, 2011 7:49 am
  • Since I live in Puerto Rico, I would like to see Governor’s Island opened all year round since I do not usually travel during the spring & summer months. GI would be a great place for relaxing, walking and enjoying the view. I miss GI

    By Sallie Nemerowsky on April 27, 2011 8:37 am
  • My father was in the Coast Guard and I had the pleasure of living on the island in the late 70′s – early 80′s. As every resident of the island would say, the best part of GI was being able to enjoy the magnificence of NYC but also being able to enjoy the safety that the island provides. I have re-visited the island with my daughter last year. I enjoyed bike riding around the island and showing her the building I grew up in, but it was sad to see my home as part of a tourist attraction. I feel the island should be given back to the service (Coast Guard, Army , etc) or maybe be turned into a university bc there are many apartment buildings there that could be turned into dorms and the offices could be turned into classrooms. The island allows safety that a parent of a college student would appreciate, but would appeal to a college student that would want to live in NYC. My only concern would the island’s facilities may get damaged by reckless students. Those would be the 2 best ideas for the island: for the service or as a university.

    By Rachel on April 28, 2011 3:31 pm
  • To Rachel: I concur to the fact that GI should be turned over to the U S Armed forces to protect the NYC Harbor as it did when I was a Little boy. I was born on G I back in 1952. My Dad SFC Harold A. Lloyd was assigned to HHC 64th MP BN, Honor Guard PLT. Can’t wait to bring my Spouse and our Grand Children to GI. Respectfully SFC Theodore H. Lloyd

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on May 10, 2011 11:52 am
  • I also concur with the sentiment that the Island should remain under military control. I was stationed on GI from 1989 to 1993. During the Coast Guard’s tenure. I had the privilege of serving as a military police officer and a firefighter there. I have fond memories of patrolling the island in the summer time and playing stickball behind the firehouse.

    By Tony Acabono on June 23, 2011 7:30 pm
  • I wish the military had never given the island back, as I truly fear that opening it to the public and developing it will ruin its magic. As Rachel said, it was a sanctuary for the families that lived there while serving the country. I dream of being there again,but I know it won’t feel anything like what it once was. But let’s face it, the public will never allow it to be given back.

    By Anne on June 27, 2011 2:02 pm
  • p.s. nor will they appreciate or respect its military history.

    By Anne on June 27, 2011 2:04 pm
  • Anne, have you been back to Governors Island? The two groups that run the island, the Trust For Governors Island and the National Park Service, both have an extremely high level of respect and appreciation for the military history of the island, as well as its current and future use by the public. I think it is incredibly selfish to think otherwise. If it was not for the staff that preserved the buildings and facilities, they would have fallen into ruin.

    The U.S. Government did not have the budget to maintain the island, so it is up to a new generation to manage it. The Army left in 1966 and the Coast Guard in 1997, so the horses have pretty much left the barn as far as the military running the island. Now it is open to the public, and we can all enjoy it. No magic has been ruined, believe me, I go there almost every weekend.

    By Kevin on June 28, 2011 7:08 am
  • I Agree with Anne, Rachel & Tony.

    By Sallie Nemerowsky on June 28, 2011 11:27 am
  • Kevin, I do appreciate that the staff is doing its best to preserve a special place. The military,unfortunately, has not had the budget to hold onto some of the most historic bases. I’ve seen the same thing happening on the Presidio in San Francisco. I still feel that the Island was at its best when occupied by military families who knew it was their home and treated it accordingly. From all the comments I have read from the public about wanting marinas, restrooms, fast food places, sports fields, etc…I don’t think the military history or the Island’s sanctuary nature will be preserved, regardless of the planners’ intentions.

    By Anne on July 6, 2011 8:32 am
  • Unless you actually served in the military, you cannot and will never “understand”. The military runs things a certain way, and it may seem foreign or cubersome to you but it’s a system and it works. The USCG was forced off the island by budget cuts, they have always been a second rate federal organization. They were the unwanted step child of every agency that ran her over the years including the: Navy, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Transportation and now the Dept of Homeland security. NYC was playing hardball during the Giuliani administration and the Coast Guard called their bluff and completely moved out of NYC. That was certainly not the desired outcome. NYC is the worlds greatest harbor and one of the busiest ports. It’s a shame, that the USCG is down to few small boats as a presence here. You will also notice they moved their small boat station from Ft Totten Queens to Kings Point, and completely closed the Ft Tilden Station. It pains me that the general public will have access to the island. It’s too much for them. I would rather see the birds and turtles get the island like “The Brother’s, Hoffman, Swinburn, Mill Rock etc. NYC has a poor history with developing it’s islands. Take a look at Hart Island.

    By Tony A on July 6, 2011 8:43 am
  • Thanks to all for continuing to respect G I !! For me it is home.

    Respectfully
    SFC Theodore H. Lloyd
    Recruiter/Retention NCO
    502 Cavalry Road
    Carlisle, PA, 17013

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on July 6, 2011 11:44 am
  • The USCG also closed down, Supply Center Brooklyn and Air Station Brooklyn. Governors Island was not their only budget concern at the time. They moved on to greener pastures, however if NYC gave them an incentive to come back, I’m sure they would. They have a history of doing what’s easiest and cheapest in the short term. I never thought I would see the day when the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States would be sold for a dollar.

    By Tony A on July 6, 2011 5:32 pm
  • I have been going to Gov Island since it opened. I was my favorite place in NYC.
    This year it is horrible. Much has changed, it is nothing but huge over crowed tourist trap. The little tram cars don’t go around the Island anymore, and many other things make it terrible for the New Yorkers.
    My suggestion open on Thursday just for people who live in the city.
    SAD!

    By Diane on July 7, 2011 10:25 am
  • Perhaps we need to look back into our history and realize just how important our history is! We are Americans and we cannot forget who protects and defends our blanket of Freedoms which we enjoy each day!! And not to forget our Service members who put their lives on the line to make sure we don’t loose them! Respectfully: SFC Theodore H. Lloyd.

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on July 8, 2011 4:15 pm
  • Governors Island should be open Mon.
    to Fri. only, between October 1 and
    April 30, with an admission charge of $1 per hour. In the summer months it
    should be a carefully supervised and affordable camp for NYC school kids who can’t afford to leave the city.

    By Donald on July 9, 2011 6:30 am
  • Donald that is a “GREAT” idea for School Students to learn about the History of G I and how the Military protected New York City and the FREE WORLD!!!! Respectfully
    SFC Theodore H. Lloyd. (Still Serving this “GREAT” Nation).

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on July 13, 2011 3:43 pm
  • I believe that offering affordable camp would be a great idea for city kids who don’t leave the city.
    – More restroom……. Please
    -Workshops for city kids. You want to wow them with what the land has to offer.
    – Affordable food to the family
    – More bikes.

    By Juana on July 19, 2011 5:08 am
  • I think they should keep the existing housing. I visited once during Fleet Week years ago, and it looked like a nice “neighborhood” intermixed with the parks, even though it was a base. A lot like a spread out Roosevelt Island. I even liked the “city-project”-like apartments, and the newer private houses are nice as well, and suburban style rowhouses are unique in the city. The island is considered part of Manhattan, and it would make a nice little “corner” of the borough.

    By Eric on August 15, 2011 6:24 pm
  • I have to agree that the charm of the place is the buildings and the history. One can’t help but yearn to see what life was like when the island was inhabited. I happened to find a building open that must have been were parties were held? It was probably where my cousin was married in the late 80s. it seemed like there was a ballroom and a dance hall below. there was a large kitchen. It was beautiful. This was the most exciting part of the island because it was untouched, left as it must have been in 1997 when everyone left. I would love for there for there to be more historical buildings open. If this were to be opened for events, I’m sure many people from New York and those that grew up on the island would spend many special events here, where they celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings years ago…

    By Tamara on August 22, 2011 10:11 pm
  • I lived on Governor’s Island from 1970-1972 when dad was transferred there by the Coast Guard. It always holds a special place in my heart. I remember riding my bike around the island, going down to the ferry terminal to buy candy and seeing the big fishing ship that was being detained at the island for illegally fishing in US waters. The view from the top of our apartment building looking over at the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty at sunset was always breathtaking. Did they tear down the K-6th school – P.S.26?

    By Melinda on August 28, 2011 12:15 pm
  • Melinda,
    Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Governors Island. It is always great to hear from those who have a special connection to the Island. The school and the Bachelor’s Quarters were taken down as a part of the first phase of demolition in 2009. We hope that you have the chance to come back to the Island to re-live some of your memories!

    By Elizabeth on August 29, 2011 1:49 pm
  • WOW!!! Sounds like I better get back to GI , the place I call home before they do more demolition and bring down the quarters where I lived back in 1952. Does anyone know if more scheduled demolition is going to take place? Respectfully
    SFC Theodore H. Lloyd

    By SFC Theodore H. Lloyd on August 29, 2011 3:43 pm
  • The school was torn down? What a shame. It was such a beautiful old brick building, and one of the places i looked forward to seeing again someday,having gone through grades 1-4 there. Is that where Ligget Terrace is going to be? Sidewalks and flower beds and ‘food carts.” I may be cynical, but I forsee that evolving into a flat,concrete ‘food court’…

    By Anne on August 29, 2011 4:17 pm
  • I love this project. I live in Lower Manhattan and bike on Gov Island. Many ideas are great. I can only hope you are taking in the comments and adjusting the plan as needed. Maybe use the concept of central park; have some areas feel like a hidden oasis. A natural botanical garden is a great idea. I like the hammocks area. I see people using the ones you have and wish I could get one, but they are never free. It would be nice if the tourist and kid area are separate from the garden peaceful area. Please don’t make it too modern. The big white steps will be dated and none of us want to see bright red bars from Manhattan. It would be great to have a section more touristy like a Aqua Marine Museum and a History of NY Museum to shown how NYC was built and how Gov Island was used back then. It would be nice to use the buildings already existing for both an affordable hotel and bungalows. Many people would love to vacation there for a few days. Has anyone thought of a public pool? A beach would be nice if the waters are safe. Please write what is going on the “development” areas. This is very exciting. Best wishes and I look forward to it.

    By Christina on September 2, 2011 7:20 am
  • I think Christina is asking for way too much, as is anyone who fails to see how extremely small the island really is, and how much of it will be
    reserved for the preservation of historic structures. In reality, as little as possible should be done to turn it into some kind of universal
    amusement park with something for everyone. Impossible!

    By Donald on September 4, 2011 10:59 am
  • The biggest fear of a lot of people who were lucky enough to have lived there was that once it was no longer a Coast Guard facility that it would get into the hands of private developers. No part of the future development should become a private getaway for only the elite. I think it would be a great idea to have a few places to stay on the island if it helps it sustain itself. I liked the feeling that I was in a different world when I lived there of course we lived in a large house in Nolan Park, a benefit of being the family of a very senior officer. I am glad that they are protecting the historic parts of the island and do not want to hear of any of these spaces being turned over so the very rich can stay in them. If someone want to build a hotel they should bear the whole cost of such with no tax deferments and pay for the use of the land as they will make a lot of money.

    By Jim on September 6, 2011 9:04 am
  • Which was type of inspiring! Completely unforeseen. Now I do know what I’m going to do tomorrow :)

    By Leatha Parbol on September 11, 2011 4:59 pm
  • NO PART of this piece of land shall be given/leased to private developers or private institutions such as NYU. It belongs to the PEOPLE!

    By Bo on September 13, 2011 10:52 am
  • Promenade looks way too narrow. The promenade today is wide and makes for great riding or walking. The plan in general is way too elaborate. Preserve the historic district, bulldoze the southern area, put in some playing fields with lights, and forget about the hills and pavilions.

    By Peter Greenberg on September 25, 2011 6:42 pm
  • Playing fields? Who travels this far
    just to toss a ball around? That’s something that belongs in or near every neighborhood. All the plans for the island are too elaborate; the
    less that’s done to it, the better it will be. My *plan* is extremely simple and inexpensive: lots of paths,
    both wide and narrow, many benches and
    a few picnic tables in shady spaces,
    drinking fountains [no plastic bottles] and toilets. As much grass
    and trees as possible. Maybe a gazebo
    [to duck sudden showers] here and there. I can’t imagine such a place
    ever being open at night.

    By Donald on September 26, 2011 8:41 am
  • We are being set up here for a development for the mayor’s rich friends. We should not allow this to happen. Keep this for all New Yorkers

    By sh on December 12, 2011 6:32 pm
  • It seems a little boring by itself. Not sure if anyone would want to drag everything needed for a day there – first on a subway then a ferry – a bbq – toys – food – shade canopy – chairs etc. Seems like a lot of work when there are probably closer places.

    By April on December 28, 2011 6:07 pm
  • The future park and public spaces will have a range of places where visitors can sit, including movable seating, on benches, in hammocks and a vareity of other places, much as they do now when they visit in the summer. Additionally, there will continue to be places where visitors can purchase food, although they are certainly welcome to bring their own as well, as many do when they visit now. There will also be children’s play areas in Hammock Grove and Liggett Terrace, and many opportunities such as public art and artist designed miniature golf that visitors or all ages can enjoy.

    By Elizabeth on January 3, 2012 9:05 am
  • After looking at the plans I am truly disappointed. I can’t imagine any family spending the time and money to get there to sit and relax. What, exactly, is there to do? Nothing that I can see. We are wasting a huge opportunity to create and design a wonderful, imaginative, unique and one of a kind destination that offers entertainment, excitement and interesting/educational experiences for people of all ages, and from all over the world. We don’t need baseball fields (who is going to travel there?). And there should be places to sit, but not the entire island. I looked up the plan hoping to come away excited and looking forward to going there, now I have no desire and if it stays that way I’ll simply go to Roosevelt Island and Central Park, easier to get to and pretty much the same that is planned for Governor’s Island. However, people don’t travel to NYC to just go to Central Park. What a HUGE mistake and misguided plan.

    By Brian on February 16, 2012 6:51 pm
  • New York City is in desperate need of additional tennis courts. Governors Island would be an ideal locale for these, especially for residents of lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn.

    By Shawn on April 11, 2012 8:33 pm
  • The NY Philharmonic has been looking for a summer home. A location for an outdoor theater.
    Visit Millennium park in Chicago with the incredible outdoor theater by Frank Gehry, NYC has nothing like that!

    By Jesus on May 5, 2012 5:13 pm
  • What are the plans for the old YMCA building? It was really awful a couple years ago. One of the columns was missing.

    Thanks

    By jean on May 14, 2012 3:04 pm
  • As with all the historic buildings on Governors Island, the Trust is working to stabilize the YMCA and other buildings in throughout the Historic District. The building, like the others in the District, is available for adaptive re-use and could be home to a diverse array of uses, incluidng educational, non profit or for profit tenants in the future.

    By Elizabeth on May 15, 2012 8:28 am
  • I agree with Brian because the plans are misguided. GI is a beautiful place and I wished that I still lived there (73-76). I lived in the old Brick Village (Qtrs 678B) behind the exchange. It was living in a world apart looking all day long at the ocean, ships and watching life pass you by. There was also a movie theater, bowling alley, synagogue, churches, swimming pool, and the clubs… Officers & Enlisted. My brother Neil was also stationed on GI as well for many of his CG years… I agree with what Jim wrote on September 6, 2011. Last but not least, I agree with Jesus (5/5/12). GI would be a great pleace for the NY Philharmonic summer home.

    It was a big mistake to close Governor’s Island with all it history…. Whose pockets are being made fatter???????? Mr. Governor wake up and smell the roses…

    By Sallie on May 15, 2012 9:37 am
  • As a descendant of early colonial immigrants who were quarantined there upon arrival (1710), I’m gravely disappointed to see that there’s no serious archeological excavation and preservation planned to recover some lost knowledge of early America’s past and New York’s role in it, in much the same manner as amazing opportunities were lost during the Robert Moses era.

    By Shannon Mattingly on May 22, 2012 12:34 am
  • I would request that you make these comments interactive, so that users can vote on and post replies to comments.

    By Leah on May 22, 2012 11:09 am
  • The comments by those who lived and worked and went to school and, in at least one case, were born on GI are very interesting. Some of those comments indicate to me that GI needs to be a place that helps foster understanding and respect by and between civilians and military. We certainly *are* different cultures.

    The fact that there are so many living memories of GI’s term as a Coast Guard base is something that ought to be mined, not ignored or sidelined. This fact should be folded in to the overall plan for GI.

    While I am strongly against having a hotel on the Island, I just realized that I would definitely make an exception for those who, through their own Coast Guard service or that of a parent/guardian, used to call Governors Island “home”. They should have a place for affordable, short stays on the Island.

    By Leah on May 22, 2012 1:36 pm
  • WHY is GI not open on Fridays this season? With every year, the crowds have been increasing. What used to be a beautiful respite from the CIty is becoming more and more like the City with constant events and the associated crowds. I’ve been going every season since the Island opened to the public and Fridays were the one day where one could truly relax and enjoy the park, and get away from crowds. PLEASE open some weekdays in the future!

    By Jasmine Chu on May 23, 2012 9:23 pm
  • The design creates yet another hard edge at the waterfront, a single continuous line around the island. Why not provide what is missing in Manhattan, a variegated, in-and-out edge that brings the land out into the water (think piers) and the water into the land (think coves). There are glimpses of this at Battery Park City and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Manhattan and Brooklyn had this when they were ringed with piers. An aerial view a century ago shows highly articulated edges – true reciprocity between water and land. Build the edge this way, not just as a simplistic line with yet more promenades, and the rich and varied uses will follow suit.

    By David Solnick on June 2, 2012 11:17 am
  • I’m going to be running the race there next week and can’t wait to step foot on the island, see the changes. It is hard for me to visualize from the website because I have memories of the place in my head still — I lived on Governor’s Island from 1987 to 1991.

    By Rhonda Baumgartner on June 15, 2012 7:52 am
  • I lived on Governors Island 1961-1965. My father was an Army Colonel and we lived in a wonderful old home in Nolan Park. I am so glad that the historic district is being preserved. It was an amazing experience to live in such a beautiful place in the middle of the big city. I love Governors Island and am glad that the public is now invited to enjoy the beautiful views and open spaces of the Island.

    By Gaye on June 29, 2012 7:53 pm
  • I would love to see the original buildings restored and open for people to tour. also it would be awesome if some kind of lodging was made so people could come and get a little weekend vacation on the island maybe turn one building into a motel/hotel or a campsite on one of the lawns I would love to spend a whole weekend vacationing on the island.

    By Stephanie on July 3, 2012 9:54 pm
  • Keep the Island as rustic as possible. I agree with stephanie that the buildings should be restored .. maybe they should be opened as a museumto all brances of the military that used the Island… please no hotels or motels though…

    i had been assigned to the island in the summer of 1968…..

    By jerry carney on July 21, 2012 11:11 am
  • What happened ot the outdoor theater that was designed for the end of colonels row? It seemed like a perfect idea to get multiple use out of the island. The NYT did a piece on teh similar theater in Central Park, and how successful that has been – why can’t we have something similar and magical here?

    By Dave C on August 21, 2012 10:50 pm
  • The New Globe Theater proposal is for Castle Williams, which is part of the 22 acre Governors Island National Monument, which is managed by the National Park Service. The National Monument is not a part of the 150 acres of the Island that are managed by The Trust for Governors Island. The Park and Public Space Master Plan only deals with the 150 acre portion of the Island rather than the National Monument.

    By Elizabeth on September 14, 2012 6:54 am
  • I hope the theater will be reopened – it would be great to see plays, music or classic movies there. Narrowing the promenade is a terrible idea. I disagree that there needs to be lots to do there – I was there today and just rode my bike around a little, snoozed in one of the red chairs and just relaxed. Perfect except for the loud generators at picnic point. Really? Generators cranking away in such a peaceful spot? I wish the ferry season would last longer then the end of September. Please keep NYU’s dirty hands off this place. Haven’t they taken over enough of the city?

    By Mike on September 23, 2012 7:01 pm
  • I was stationed there with the Coast Guard from 1988-1997 and it was wonderful to be so close to and yet so far from NYC. I hope the efforts are successful to restore and preserve this place.

    By Scott Gunelius on December 5, 2012 4:58 am
  • I HAVE VISIT THE ISLAND JULY 2011

    AND HAVE ENJOYED THE EVENTS,

    CONCERTS, HISTORIC ENVENTS, FOOD,

    TIME OF PLEASURE LIKE PICNIC,

    SIGHTS, AMONG OTHER GOING ON THE

    ISLAND, WITH FAMILY AND FIRNDS,

    LOVELY DAY TO SPEND, LOVELY DAY TO

    ALL THE EVENTS OF THAT DAY.

    By GRACE E. PRATTI on May 19, 2013 10:54 am

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