GIA is gearing up for summer 2014 and is seeking an intern to join our team! Continue reading
Mayor Bloomberg planted a final tree – a gingko – in a ceremony in late November to mark the completion of Phase One of the Island’s new parkland. Visitors who braved the cold for the event took a quick tour of the current site and imagined balmy breezes in the same spot come next summer. Continue reading
There will be more to do on the Island next summer, and more days to do it.
There’s a new team of advocates for the Island, the Young Professionals Committee, formed at a GIA-sponsored happy hour last Spring and already advocating. They are 20 strong and growing – young lawyers, young doctors, young business types, young urban planners and – what could Governors Island do without them? – young park rangers.
Did you know that the Governors Island Alliance (GIA), which has been incubated for several years by Regional Plan Association, has just been recognized as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization by the IRS? That means, going forward, GIA can accept tax-deductible contributions to support our work advocating for the Island and its beautiful parks and historic structures; welcoming visitors and enhancing their Island experience. Continue reading
The Trust invites you – every one of you and all your friends – to a wide open preview of the park that is blossoming on the southern half of the Island.
The park construction site will be open from noon to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. Ferries depart from their regular piers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn – directions can be found HERE.
You are invited to walk the site on your own or to take one of the two tours either day. The 1:30 tour on Saturday and the 3:30 tour on Sunday will focus on how the Island’s design fared in Hurricane Sandy. The 3:30 tour on Saturday and the 1:30 tour on Sunday will focus on the park’s horticulture.
No reservations – or hard hats – necessary. Just show up at the arch in the middle of Liggett Hall.
What you’ll see: the hedge maze on the south side of Liggett Hall taking shape, newly laid paths and curbs to sit on, and newly planted trees. Walk to the highest point in the Hammock Grove for a sweeping view of the harbor and the Statue of You-Know-What. In the distance the 14-acre Play Lawn and ball fields taking shape and the Hills beginning to rise on their rubble foundation.
Susan Carey Dempsey, the Alliance’s executive director, added her voice to the invitation: “We encourage everyone to take a tour or walk through this incredible park before the Island closes for the season” - which will happen at the end of the day on Sunday.
P.S. Keep an eye on GIA’s Twitter for tour tweets and pictures!
P.P.S. The Trust for Governors Island also invites you to post photos of your visit to the new park site on their Twitter (@gov_island) Facebook (Governors Island), Flickr (GovernorsIslandgroup) and Instagram (@governorsisland).
Google’s executive chairman and New York’s mayor are among the seven generous donors who have pledged “leadership gifts” for the construction of the four hills that will rise from the park at the southern end of the Island. Continue reading
Governors Island’s park and public space project aims to increase the Island’s resiliency to climate change. Test one: Hurricane Sandy.
The Island was showcased in Sandy Success Stories, an extensive report conducted by Happold Consulting in June of 2013. To see the full 92-page report click HERE. You’ll find our “Little Island That Could” on page 27. The report quotes Adriaan Geuze, founder of West 8 and designer of the park plan: “Hurricane Sandy brought the future sooner than we expected and the power and height of the storm on the Island proved the importance of integrating resistance to the rising waters into the DNA of the park.”
The City has rezoned the Island’s historic northern half for commercial uses. Use of the 40 buildings on those landmarked 92 acres was previously limited to low-density residential (technically R3-2). Continue reading