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The latest news...


Check out what keeps us busy off-season

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The latest news...


Check out what keeps us busy off-season

THE HILLS ARE OPENING IN 2016!

Exciting news today!  The Hills are opening in the summer of 2016, nearly a year ahead of schedule. Thanks to an unseasonably warm fall and rigorous construction management, the Hills will be complete and open in 2016 instead of completing in December 2016 and opening in May 2017. 

And the Hills aren’t the only thing opening in 2016. The 2.2 mile promenade around the edge of the Island will reopen to visitors for biking and walking for the first time since the Island’s construction program began in 2012.  Hello, Lady Liberty!

That means you can climb, scramble, slide, stroll, sit, picnic and revel in phenomenal views with ten new acres of parkland for the first time this summer, and you can bike all the way around the Island again!

Keep your eye out on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for updates, including more construction preview tours and opening day news.

For a sneak peak at the Hills under construction, check out this awesome drone video by Night Owl Interactive:

NYC Council's Committee on Environmental Protection hearing TO BAN TOURIST HELICOPTERS

On November 12th the City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on the proposed legislation to eliminate helicopter tourism at the Downtown Heliport.

There were five hours of testimony!

70 speakers signed up to testify.  They represented neighborhoods across the city:  lower Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carol Gardens, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Staten Island, Upper West Side, Washington Heights, West Harlem, Chelsea, Tribeca, Battery Park City, northern Queens, and others. 

Many elected officials submitted testimony:  Jerry Nadler, Daniel Squadron, Letitia James, Joanne Simon, Gale Brewer, and many more attended the rally on City Hall steps before the hearing.  DC37 - the city's municipal public employees union - testified as well about the health impacts to their employees.
Governors Island was well represented by GIA, NPS, the National Parks Conservation Assn, the Harbor Foundation and Earth Matter.  Council Committee members seemed to be on our side.  However, we need to keep the pressure on over the next couple of months to keep pushing the Council bills forward.

Follow us on Twitter and re-tweet us! Sign the Petition at Stop the Chop.

read GIA's Public Testimony

read op-ed by nyc public advocate letitia james on Huffington Post - No-Fly Zone

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Visit Us again in 2016!


The Island is now closed for the season.

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Visit Us again in 2016!


The Island is now closed for the season.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING:

We've had so much fun this summer!  Sadly, Governors Island is now closed to the public.  It will reopen again on May 28, 2016.

During the off-season, many wonderful, transformative things are taking place on the Island: construction crews work on "The Hills" and on infrastructure upgrade projects; horticultural volunteers tend to plants and ensure they are safely tucked in for the winter; the Harbor School raises a new generation of environmentalists and marine scientists; artists in LMCC studios are creating new works; and we are thinking about how to make 2016 our best year yet!  Please support us in these worthwhile endeavors.

DOWNLOAD A MAP OF GOVERNORS ISLAND (PDF)

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About Us!


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About Us!


OUR MISSION

celebrate the Island’s rich history, create memorable parks and public spaces,
and ensure appropriate reuse of the Island and its historic structures.

Since 1995, the Alliance has worked collaboratively with the Trust for Governors Island, the National Park Service, and many other organizations to return the Island to the people of New York. Our concept of redeveloping the Island as a great civic space was the basis for the 2003 transfer from the Federal Government to New York and the National Park Service.

 For more information, please click HERE