Governors Island


Used for over 200 years to house and train troops and later the Coast Guard, Governor’s Island has become a summer paradise with concerts, bike rentals, food cart, carousel and beach. In 2012, renovations began for a new park and public spaces, as well as the re-opening of Castle Williams, which had been under renovation for three years.


The island is 172 acre (70 ha) and situated in Upper New York Bay, approximately one-half mile (1 km) from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel. It is legally part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City.


The island was expanded by approximately 82 acres (33 ha) of landfill on its southern side when the Lexington Avenue subway was excavated in the early 1900s. With its historical reenactments and meticulously maintained structures, Governor’s Island screams out to history buffs everywhere.


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