Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage Returns Novem­ber 17


Photo by Sari Goodfriend

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island today announced the Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage will open Novem­ber 17, trans­form­ing his­toric Colonels Row into a sin­gu­lar sea­son­al des­ti­na­tion for the sec­ond year in a row. The pop­u­lar Win­ter Vil­lage will include a 7,500-square foot skat­ing rink for vis­i­tors of all ages to enjoy, along with win­tery activ­i­ties, fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions, games, cold-weath­er food and drinks, and warm­ing fire pits. The rink will be open Thurs­day through Sun­day and all New York City pub­lic school hol­i­days, with addi­tion­al Win­ter Vil­lage activ­i­ties avail­able sev­en days a week. 

We are so excit­ed to invite New York­ers and vis­i­tors to Gov­er­nors Island for the return of Win­ter Vil­lage,” said New York City May­or Eric Adams. Cold weath­er doesn’t have to mean being stuck inside — it can mean ice skat­ing and sled­ding with your friends or sit­ting around a fire with your fam­i­ly. And with the return of Win­ter Dog Days, I’m sure Gov­er­nors Island will be a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for every mem­ber of the family.”

Gov­er­nors Island con­tin­ues to show­case its unique and uplift­ing con­tri­bu­tions to New York City’s cul­tur­al land­scape through the Win­ter Vil­lage,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria Tor­res-Springer. From ice skat­ing to Jen­ga to toasty drinks, there’s some­thing for every­one in the fam­i­ly at the Win­ter Vil­lage and I encour­age all New York­ers to take advan­tage of Gov­er­nors Island year-round.”

The secret is out: Gov­er­nors Island is tru­ly a mag­i­cal place all year long, and we are so excit­ed to wel­come New York­ers back to the Win­ter Vil­lage,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. In addi­tion to some pret­ty spec­tac­u­lar skat­ing, Win­ter Vil­lage vis­i­tors will once again be able to enjoy some of the same amaz­ing food trucks, excit­ing pro­gram­ming, and stun­ning land­scapes that make Gov­er­nors Island a great place to vis­it all year long.” 

In addi­tion to the rink, the Vil­lage will fea­ture bike and sled rentals from Blaz­ing Sad­dles NYC and win­tery activ­i­ties includ­ing lawn games like corn­hole, can jam and giant Jen­ga; fire pits; win­ter arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, and a sparkling dis­play of hol­i­day lights through­out his­toric Colonels Row. The Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage will be open through Feb­ru­ary 2023

Expand­ing on last year’s pub­lic hours, the ice rink will be open Thurs­days and Fri­days from noon to 5:30pm and Sat­ur­days and Sun­days from 10am to 5:30pm, with event pack­ages and buy­outs avail­able dur­ing addi­tion­al hours. The rink will also fea­ture events, activ­i­ties, and Free Admis­sion Thurs­days,” with admis­sion fees waived for all vis­i­tors every Thurs­day. Rink admis­sion and skate rentals can be reserved online at www​.gov​is​land​.org start­ing mid-November. 

Island ven­dor Lit­tle Eva’s will be open dai­ly at the Win­ter Vil­lage with a sea­son­al menu, com­plete with warm drinks and new takes on their clas­sic com­fort food like brats, veg­an chili, fish and chips, soups, and more. A rotat­ing series of New York City’s best food trucks, in part­ner­ship with the New York Food Truck Asso­ci­a­tion, will round out the Island’s win­ter eats. 

The Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage is pre­sent­ed with sup­port from The May and Samuel Rudin Fam­i­ly Foundation.

Gov­er­nors Island’s award-win­ning park is open to the pub­lic every day, along with recre­ation activ­i­ties like bike rentals, a Com­mu­ni­ty Climb­ing Boul­der, Ham­mock Grove, The Hills, Pic­nic Point, and more. Gov­er­nors Island Arts pub­lic art com­mis­sions, includ­ing work from Charles Gaines, Duke Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Dion, and Mark Hand­forth are also cur­rent­ly on view through­out the Island. 

QC NY Spa con­tin­ues to be open dai­ly on Gov­er­nors Island, with heat­ed out­door pools along­side saunas, steam rooms, relax­ation treat­ments, mas­sages, and a new bar and bistro. This win­ter also marks the return of Win­ter Dog Days, where dogs are allowed on Gov­er­nors Island on Sat­ur­days and Sun­days through­out the win­ter months. Dogs must be leashed while on Gov­er­nors Island except for in the Week­end Win­ter Dog Park, locat­ed adja­cent to Liggett Terrace. 

Gov­er­nors Island is a jew­el for New York City, not just in the sum­mer months, but now year-round, ” said Con­gress­man Jer­ry Nadler. Today’s announce­ment of Gov­er­nors Islands Win­ter Vil­lage invites vis­i­tors from all over the city to engage in ice skat­ing, hot choco­late by the fire and weath­er friend­ly activ­i­ties and fes­tiv­i­ties. I’m thrilled to con­tin­ue sup­port­ing Gov­er­nors Island as a dynam­ic resource for all New York­ers and I am excit­ed to see the expe­ri­ence cre­at­ed for vis­i­tors in the win­ter season.”

I am hap­py that the Win­ter Vil­lage will be return­ing this sea­son,” said State Sen­a­tor Bri­an Kavanagh, who rep­re­sents Gov­er­nors Island. New York­ers will once again have access to great food and excit­ing events for all ages, includ­ing ice skat­ing, win­ter activ­i­ties, fun games, and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions. I encour­age every­one to vis­it Gov­er­nors Island this win­ter and enjoy this win­ter won­der­land. I applaud the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island for their ongo­ing efforts to make Gov­er­nors Island a more acces­si­ble, enjoy­able, and engag­ing place to vis­it and explore.”

Regard­less of the time of year, Gov­er­nors Island is always a must-vis­it des­ti­na­tion, and the sec­ond-annu­al Win­ter Vil­lage has some­thing for every­one. I encour­age all New York­ers to hop on the fer­ry and try one of the many win­ter­time activ­i­ties or hud­dle by the fire pits,” said Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Mark Levine. Thank you to the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island for being incred­i­ble stew­ards of and con­stant­ly expand­ing pub­lic access to all that the island has to offer.”

Com­ing off the heels of pump­kin point week­end and the many oppor­tu­ni­ties to enjoy the amaz­ing canopy of fall foliage and bucol­ic nat­ur­al beau­ty of Gov­er­nors Island, Man­hat­tan Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1 is delight­ed to wel­come the sec­ond Win­ter Sea­son!” said Tam­my Meltzer, Chair­per­son of Man­hat­tan Com­mu­ni­ty 1. We look for­ward to the pub­lic enjoy­ing the Island’s beloved open spaces glis­ten­ing with fresh snow, the amaz­ing unfet­tered har­bor and sky­line views, events and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming. Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1 is thrilled that the Trust con­tin­ues to enhance the pub­lic’s access to this price­less nat­ur­al resource through sun, snow and beyond.”

Dur­ing the win­ter months, Gov­er­nors Island is open to the pub­lic dai­ly from 7am to 6pm. Trust for Gov­er­nors Island-oper­at­ed fer­ries run dai­ly between the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing at 10 South Street in Low­er Man­hat­tan and Sois­sons Land­ing on the Island. For sched­ules and tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion, vis­it www​.gov​is​land​.org. Trust-oper­at­ed sea­son­al week­end Brook­lyn fer­ry ser­vice will return in Spring 2023.

Round-trip fer­ry tick­ets cost $4 for adults. Gov­er­nors Island fer­ries are always free for chil­dren 12 and under, seniors 65 and up, res­i­dents of NYCHA, IDNYC hold­ers, cur­rent and for­mer mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers, and Gov­er­nors Island mem­bers. Fer­ries before noon on Sat­ur­days and Sun­days are free for all. There is no sur­charge for bicy­cles or strollers at any time.

NYC Fer­ry also serves Gov­er­nors Island dai­ly on the South Brook­lyn route. For tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion and full sched­ules for NYC Fer­ry, vis­it

Mov­ing Chains” to Open on Gov­er­nors Island Octo­ber 15


Rendering courtesy of TOLO Architecture

Cre­ative Time, Gov­er­nors Island Arts, and Times Square Arts are pleased to announce the open­ing of Mov­ing Chains on Gov­er­nors Island on Octo­ber 15, 2022, the sec­ond chap­ter of Charles Gaines’s The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest. The 110-foot kinet­ic sculp­ture acti­vat­ed by colos­sal chains rotat­ing over­head anchors a pub­lic art project that address­es the real­i­ty of sys­temic racism in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca through embod­ied and visu­al expe­ri­ence, and pro­vides crit­i­cal his­tor­i­cal con­text on our extra­or­di­nary polit­i­cal divi­sion today. 

Announced in June 2022, Charles Gaines’s The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest is an exhi­bi­tion of mul­ti­me­dia sculp­ture, per­for­mances, and edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions that unfold in three parts across New York City and Cincin­nati, Ohio over 2022 – 23. The open­ing of Mov­ing Chains on Gov­er­nors Island fol­lows the project’s pre­mière in Times Square this July 2022 with Man­i­festos 4: The Dred and Har­ri­et Scott Deci­sion and Roots. Open­ing next, Mov­ing Chains will be on view to the pub­lic on Gov­er­nors Island in New York Har­bor from Octo­ber 15, 2022 through June 2023, before it moves to the banks of the Ohio Riv­er in Cincinnati. 

The sec­ond chap­ter in Charles Gaines’s mon­u­men­tal The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest, Mov­ing Chains is Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ largest pub­lic art com­mis­sion to date and will pro­vide a deeply immer­sive oppor­tu­ni­ty for Island vis­i­tors and all New York­ers to engage with the com­plex his­to­ries and lega­cies of Gov­er­nors Island, New York Har­bor, and the Unit­ed States as a whole,” said Mered­ith John­son, Vice Pres­i­dent of Arts and Cul­ture and Head Cura­tor at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Gov­er­nors Island Arts is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing trans­for­ma­tive artis­tic inter­ven­tions that encour­age New York­ers to engage with the most press­ing issues of our time, and we are hon­ored to work with Charles Gaines and our incred­i­ble part­ners to bring Mov­ing Chains to Gov­er­nors Island.”

Com­mis­sion­ing part­ner Cre­ative Time Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jus­tine Lud­wig, elab­o­rates on the project, Cre­ative Time is com­mit­ted to com­mis­sion­ing works of art on the scale of dreams that chal­lenge expec­ta­tion. Ambi­tious pub­lic art projects, like the Mov­ing Chains, allow us to fore­front dif­fi­cult ques­tions and reex­am­ine his­tor­i­cal truths. Charles Gaines has pro­vid­ed a clar­i­ty of vision, and exe­cut­ed it on a large-scale that is impos­si­ble to ignore.”

New York City wel­comes the momen­tous pub­lic art engage­ment for New York­ers and its vis­i­tors, Each year, Gov­er­nors Island expands its con­tri­bu­tions to pub­lic art, cul­ture and cre­ativ­i­ty in our city,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria-Tor­res Springer. I encour­age all New York­ers to take a trip out to expe­ri­ence Mov­ing Chains, Chap­ter Two of Charles Gaines’s The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest—a thought-pro­vok­ing and con­se­quen­tial sculp­ture and the Island’s largest pub­lic art com­mis­sion to date.”

For near­ly 50 years, Charles Gaines has dis­tin­guished him­self as an artist ded­i­cat­ed to the per­cep­tion of sub­jec­tive and objec­tive truths. In the artist’s first com­mis­sion of pub­lic art, in devel­op­ment for near­ly a decade, Gaines con­fronts the Amer­i­can ori­gin sto­ry — the nation’s found­ing and its expan­sion — with a series of art­works that dis­sect a nar­ra­tive rid­dled with false­hoods and omis­sions that have fur­thered the project of white suprema­cy. Trac­ing the flow of the his­tor­i­cal­ly charged rivers and ports of New York City and Cincinnati’s Ohio Riv­er, Gaines offers a mul­ti­fac­eted inter­ro­ga­tion of the dual role of the north­ern states in both main­tain­ing and abol­ish­ing slav­ery, and the endur­ing impli­ca­tions of the racial­ized sys­tems, myths, and log­ics that under­pin the nation’s eco­nom­ic and legal foun­da­tions today.

Open­ing Octo­ber 152022

Mov­ing Chains is a mon­u­men­tal 110-foot long kinet­ic sculp­ture built from steel and sus­tain­ably har­vest­ed Sapele, com­mon­ly referred to as African Mahogany, a tree native to West Africa. Cre­at­ed by Charles Gaines with col­lab­o­rat­ing archi­tects TOLO Archi­tec­ture, the sculp­ture, which peo­ple may enter and walk through, con­tains nine cus­tom made chains weigh­ing over 1,600 pounds each run­ning its length over­head. Eight of the chains are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pace of the cur­rents in New York Har­bor, while a ninth cen­tral chain moves more quick­ly, recall­ing the pace of ship and barge traf­fic that has trav­eled the city’s water­ways for cen­turies. The over­all effect of the weight and motion of the chains pro­duces a rhyth­mic, undu­lat­ing loop, evoca­tive of the sounds of New York Har­bor at the entrance to the Hud­son Riv­er, known to the area’s Indige­nous res­i­dents the Lenape as Mahi­can­tuck, the riv­er that runs two ways. Start­ing dur­ing the Dutch and British occu­pa­tions, this water­way near present-day low­er Man­hat­tan would become an eco­nom­ic pil­lar of the transat­lantic slave trade and seed the sys­tem of racial cap­i­tal­ism foun­da­tion­al to the Unit­ed States. Fac­ing the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty — an inter­na­tion­al sym­bol of benev­o­lence and human rights, dis­tin­guished by the abo­li­tion­ist iconog­ra­phy of a bro­ken shack­le and chain at her right foot—Mov­ing Chains calls atten­tion to the nation’s eco­nom­ic, judi­cial, and polit­i­cal frame­works that con­tin­ue the lega­cy of slav­ery today.

To accom­pa­ny Mov­ing Chains, Cre­ative Time and Gov­er­nors Island Arts will present a con­fer­ence on abo­li­tion and the lim­its of the law on the Island this Spring 2023, recon­sid­er­ing legal and cul­tur­al def­i­n­i­tions of free­dom and the unfin­ished project of abo­li­tion. Bring­ing togeth­er an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of thinkers, the accom­pa­ny­ing pro­grams will ask, how can lib­er­a­tion be defined out­side of the con­fines of slav­ery and racial cap­i­tal­ism? What does free­dom look like? What tac­tics are nec­es­sary to get there? Who is lead­ing us in this work?

On the occa­sion of Mov­ing Chains, Black Gotham Expe­ri­ence, a project that reimag­ines spaces direct­ly impact­ed by the African Dias­po­ra estab­lished by artist and his­to­ri­an Kamau Ware, will offer an audio tour of the pre-colo­nial, colo­nial, and post-colo­nial pat­terns that have informed a cen­turies-long rela­tion­ship with what are known today as the East and Hud­son Rivers and New York Har­bor. Access to the tour will be avail­able through­out the path­way to Mov­ing Chains via QR code and on both the Cre­ative Time and Gov­er­nors Island Arts websites.


Sit­ed with­in two key cities whose his­to­ries have shaped the iden­ti­ty of Amer­i­ca, this project invites the pub­lic to con­sid­er New York and Cincinnati’s water­ways’ in both uphold­ing slav­ery and secur­ing lib­er­a­tion, a dual­i­ty that chal­lenges reduc­tive nar­ra­tives of the his­to­ry of slav­ery in Amer­i­ca, and con­tributes to the ongo­ing dia­logue about sys­tems and cycles of racism, extrac­tion, and oppres­sion expe­ri­enced today. 


Charles Gaines: The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest is made pos­si­ble in New York and Cincin­nati by the vision­ary sup­port of the Ford Foun­da­tion, Lam­bent Foun­da­tion Fund, a fund of Tides Foun­da­tion, the Mel­lon Foun­da­tion, VIA Art Fund, Foto­Fo­cus, The Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion, Cha­ri­na Endow­ment Fund, Don­ald A. Pels Char­i­ta­ble Trust, the Jacques and Natasha Gel­man Foun­da­tion, Mor­gan Stan­ley, Wave Pool, and mediaThe Foun­da­tion, inc. 

Major sup­port is pro­vid­ed by Hauser & Wirth, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Marie Dou­glas, Karl Iag­nem­ma and Ann-Kris­ten Lund, Jacob and Deb­o­rah Kotzubei, Jon Nei­dich, Bob and Renee Par­sons, San­jeev Rathi, Eric Richter, Wad­dell Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion, Jed Walen­tas, Christo­pher Walk­er, Mar­garet Wang, Debi and Steven Wisch, and addi­tion­al anony­mous donors. 

We are also grate­ful for the sup­port of the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts (NEA); pub­lic funds from the New York City Depart­ment of Cul­tur­al Affairs (DCA) in part­ner­ship with the City Coun­cil and May­or Eric Adams; and the New York State Coun­cil on the Arts (NYSCA) with the sup­port of Gov­er­nor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.


Charles Gaines’s Mov­ing Chains was devel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with TOLO Archi­tec­ture, as well as numer­ous pro­duc­tion part­ners in its design and con­struc­tion includ­ing, engi­neer­ing and mechan­i­cal design by AOA; instal­la­tion and build by Tor­silieri & Sons; sound engi­neer­ing by Arup; and fab­ri­ca­tion work by Strong­hold Indus­tries and Rozell Indus­tries.


A piv­otal fig­ure in the field of con­cep­tu­al art, Charles Gaines’s body of work engages for­mu­las and sys­tems that inter­ro­gate rela­tion­ships between the objec­tive and the sub­jec­tive realms. Using a gen­er­a­tive approach to cre­ate a series of works in a vari­ety of medi­ums, he has built a bridge between the ear­ly con­cep­tu­al artists of the 1960s and 1970s and sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of artists push­ing the lim­its of con­cep­tu­al­ism today. Gaines lives and works in Los Ange­les. He recent­ly retired from the CalArts School of Art, where he was on fac­ul­ty for over 30 years and estab­lished a fel­low­ship to pro­vide crit­i­cal schol­ar­ship sup­port for Black stu­dents in the M.F.A. Art pro­gram. He has been the sub­ject of numer­ous exhi­bi­tions in the Unit­ed States and around the world, most notably a mid-career sur­vey at the Pomona Col­lege Muse­um of Art and the Pitzer Col­lege Art Gallery in Clare­mont CA, as well as a muse­um sur­vey of his Grid­work at The Stu­dio Muse­um, Harlem NY, and Ham­mer Muse­um, Los Ange­les CA. His work has also been pre­sent­ed at the 1975 Whit­ney Bien­ni­al and the Venice Bien­nale in 2007 and 2015. An exhi­bi­tion of his work is cur­rent­ly on long term view at Dia:Beacon in New York. In addi­tion to his artis­tic prac­tice, Gaines has pub­lished sev­er­al essays on con­tem­po­rary art, includ­ing The­ater of Refusal: Black Art and Main­stream Crit­i­cism’ (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, 1993) and The New Cos­mopoli­tanism’ (Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, Fuller­ton, 2008). In 2019, Gaines received the 60th Edward Mac­Dow­ell Medal. He was induct­ed into the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design’s 2020 class of Nation­al Aca­d­e­mi­cians; as well as the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Let­ters in May 2022. In Jan­u­ary 2023, Gaines will be the sub­ject of a major one per­son exhi­bi­tion of new work at Hauser & Wirth New York.

Pump­kin Point Returns to Gov­er­nors Island on Octo­ber 22


The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island today announced the return of Pump­kin Point, a free annu­al pump­kin patch and fall fes­ti­val on Gov­er­nors Island. Locat­ed in his­toric Nolan Park, Pump­kin Point will bring over 1,000 pump­kins of all shapes and sizes to the Island’s his­toric dis­trict, trans­form­ing the idyl­lic set­ting along with its nat­u­ral­ly stun­ning fall foliage into a delight­ful­ly autum­nal escape with free pro­grams and activ­i­ties for vis­i­tors of all ages. Vis­i­tors are invit­ed to pick out their own pump­kins (free with sug­gest­ed dona­tion) on the week­ends of Octo­ber 22 – 23 and Octo­ber 29 – 30, 2022, from 10am to 5pm.

Fall is the per­fect time to come explore Gov­er­nors Island – from beau­ti­ful fall foliage to a free pump­kin patch to excit­ing pro­gram­ming, there is some­thing for every­one,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We invite all New York­ers to hop on the fer­ry and take in the chang­ing seasons!”

This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties will include plen­ty of free fall moments, pump­kin paint­ing, and craft­ing activ­i­ties all tak­ing place Octo­ber 22 – 23 and 29 – 30, as well as a rotat­ing sched­ule of spe­cial events and per­for­mances from Ris­ing Sun Per­for­mance Com­pa­ny, Won­der­Spark Pup­pets, Drag Sto­ry Hour, Brook­lyn Mag­ic Shop, Fly­ing Leap Pro­duc­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Gov­er­nors Island ten­ant Beam Cen­ter, the Nation­al Park Ser­vice, and more to be announced. A full sched­ule of each weekend’s events can be found online at www​.gov​is​land​.org/​p​u​m​p​k​i​n​-​point. Trick or treat­ing also returns to Pump­kin Point this year on Sun­day, Octo­ber 30 — cos­tumes encour­aged. Food will be avail­able for pur­chase onsite from Gov­er­nors Island ven­dors each weekend. 

Pump­kins left over from Pump­kin Point will be donat­ed to local orga­ni­za­tions fight­ing hunger in New York City, or com­post­ed on Gov­er­nors Island by Earth Mat­ter, which runs a Com­post Learn­ing Cen­ter at the Urban Farm on Gov­er­nors Island.

Each year, this mag­nif­i­cent free pub­lic event brings togeth­er peo­ple from all over New York City to enjoy the fall atmos­phere here on Gov­er­nors Island — one of the Island’s most mag­i­cal times,” said Dan­ny DiMari­no, Senior Man­ag­er, Vol­un­teer & Vis­i­tor Engage­ment at the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. We can­not wait to wel­come vis­i­tors to pick up some pump­kins, enjoy free pro­grams, take in the crisp autumn air and chang­ing leaves, and bask in the most mag­i­cal time on Gov­er­nors Island.” 

In addi­tion to Pump­kin Point, vis­i­tors can enjoy a ros­ter of new events and activ­i­ties all month long: Gov­er­nors Island will par­tic­i­pate in For­est for All NYC’s inau­gur­al City of For­est Day with a vol­un­teer activ­i­ty and guid­ed tree walk on Octo­ber 15; Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Council’s Arts Cen­ter at Gov­er­nors Island, open Fri­days through Sun­days through the end of Octo­ber, will hold their month­ly Take Care Series on Octo­ber 16; FAD Mar­ket will hold their final fall pop-up on Octo­ber 15 and 16; NYCRUNS will hold their annu­al Haunt­ed Island 5K and 10K race on Octo­ber 29; Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence con­tin­ue to present exhi­bi­tions and events in Nolan Park and Colonels Row through the end of Octo­ber; QC NY Spa is open dai­ly with dozens of well­ness expe­ri­ences and two large pools; and more. See a full event cal­en­dar at www​.gov​is​land​.org/​t​h​i​n​g​s​-​to-do.

Pump­kin Point is co-pre­sent­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. Gen­er­ous sup­port for the event is pro­vid­ed by Nick­elodeon, Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies, and Intre­pid Productions. 

The Trees of Gov­er­nors Island: Sur­vey­ing Our Diverse Canopy


The young trees of Hammock Grove in the foreground, with the older trees of the North Island surrounding Liggett Hall in the background.

Guest post by Mal­colm Gore, Arborist at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island

In the Win­ter and Spring of 2022, the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island con­duct­ed a sur­vey of all trees on Gov­er­nors Island to bet­ter under­stand the diver­si­ty, health, and longevi­ty of our unique urban for­est. The Trust received a grant from the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion in 2021 to com­plete this sur­vey, and con­tract­ed Dav­ey Resource Group, a nation­al­ly respect­ed tree com­pa­ny, to con­duct the sur­vey and cre­ate a Com­mu­ni­ty For­est Man­age­ment Plan for this cru­cial canopy resource sit­u­at­ed in the mid­dle of New York Harbor. 

Why sur­vey our trees? It’s crit­i­cal that we have the full pic­ture of the Island’s tree canopy to make sure we are the best stew­ards we can be, ensur­ing our trees sur­vive — and thrive — for years to come. Gov­er­nors Island is home to almost 3,500 trees (3,496 to be exact) com­pris­ing 123 dif­fer­ent species. Of these trees, 97% are in either fair, good, or excel­lent con­di­tion — mean­ing they will con­tin­ue to pro­vide count­less ben­e­fits to the many human and non-human vis­i­tors of Gov­er­nors Island for years to come. Before div­ing into the spe­cif­ic ben­e­fits pro­vid­ed by our arbo­re­al friends, let’s take a look at the diver­si­ty of this island forest. 

Lon­don Plane Trees, with their dis­tinc­tive white bark and arch­ing branch­es, are the most plen­ti­ful tree on the Island as the 422 indi­vid­u­als rep­re­sent 12% of the total tree pop­u­la­tion on Gov­er­nors Island. They also account for a whop­ping 54% of the total leaf cov­er on the island, since most of them are mature trees that were plant­ed when Robert Moses was NYC Parks Com­mis­sion­er (while we aren’t sure the extent to which he had a say in the trees plant­ed on Gov­er­nors Island, Lon­don Plane Trees sprung up in huge num­bers across the city dur­ing this time peri­od— it seems they were his favorite tree). Hav­ing a sin­gle tree take up 12% of the canopy does come with some risk — if a new dis­ease that affect­ed Lon­don Plane Trees were to sweep through New York, Gov­er­nors Island would lose a lot of its canopy. This dis­ease risk is pre­cise­ly why the Trust is active­ly plant­i­ng many dif­fer­ent native tree species that will make our urban for­est more resilient. 

Com­ing in sec­ond are Swamp White Oaks, with 202 indi­vid­u­als that com­prise 6% of the total, fol­lowed by 150 of both North­ern Red Oaks and Riv­er Birch­es. Round­ing out the top five are the 120 Sweet­gums that call the Island home. These native tree species are vital­ly impor­tant to bird and insect pop­u­la­tions, as many types of cater­pil­lars (AKA baby bird food) feed on their leaves in the spring and summer. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, the major­i­ty of these trees are young and, as they grow and mature, will pro­vide more habi­tat and food for the pletho­ra of fau­na that vis­it the Island every year. 


Photo by Sarma Ozols

Bio­di­ver­si­ty isn’t the only impor­tant thing to con­sid­er when main­tain­ing a healthy tree canopy; the age diver­si­ty of the Island’s tree pop­u­la­tion is also impor­tant. Mature trees pro­vide more habi­tat and shade, but are also riski­er giv­en their greater bulk and sur­face area to catch wind­storms. The below chart rep­re­sents the rel­a­tive age of Gov­er­nors Island’s trees as com­pared to the ide­al to sus­tain a healthy forest.


Age breakdown of Governors Island's trees as compared to the ideal, compiled by Davey Resource Group, Inc.

As you can see, Gov­er­nors Island’s tree canopy con­tains near­ly dou­ble the amount of rec­om­mend­ed young trees — this is large­ly due to all of the trees plant­ed with­in the last five years in the Island’s award-win­ning park space. With prop­er care and time, these young trees should devel­op into estab­lished ones as soon as 2024, and this new urban for­est will become more robust and self-sufficient. 

Cur­rent­ly, only about 91 acres of Gov­er­nors Island’s 172 acres are con­sid­ered shad­ed, and the vast major­i­ty of that is in the Island’s His­toric Dis­trict under those 422 Lon­don Plane Trees. As the young oaks, sweet­gums, and birch­es grow and mature on the South Island, more of the Island will expe­ri­ence the cool­ing ben­e­fits of tree shade, thus ensur­ing that the island becomes a place to escape the city heat in upcom­ing summers. 

Besides shade, what oth­er ben­e­fits do these 3,500 trees pro­vide for New York­ers? For one, trees are experts at remov­ing pol­lu­tion from the air. The Island’s for­est removes 1,160 pounds of air pol­lu­tants annu­al­ly, improv­ing the air qual­i­ty and lung health of peo­ple in the sur­round­ing area. The more trees in a giv­en area, the bet­ter the air qual­i­ty which trans­lates to reduced rates of asth­ma and stress, and improved cog­ni­tion.

Trees also ben­e­fit the health of the plan­et by stor­ing car­bon. The trees of Gov­er­nors Island con­tain approx­i­mate­ly 1,245 tons of stored car­bon, and every year they cap­ture and sequester an addi­tion­al 22 tons. Mature trees store more car­bon that younger ones, sim­ply because they have more sur­face area and larg­er root sys­tems. Every year, trees grow a dense net­work of small feed­er roots, made of car­bon, that will die and be turned into organ­ic mat­ter in the late fall. The larg­er the tree, the more feed­er roots they grow each year, and the more car­bon they sequester underground. 

This is just one rea­son why the Trust is ded­i­cat­ed to main­tain­ing the health and longevi­ty of as many mature trees as pos­si­ble, and is tak­ing steps to reduce the upper canopy of at-risk trees so their roots sys­tems can con­tin­ue to cap­ture and store car­bon for many years to come. 

In addi­tion to stor­ing car­bon, trees can help mit­i­gate the effects of cli­mate change by reduc­ing storm dam­age and runoff. Tree roots act as giant sponges, soak­ing up vast quan­ti­ties of water that could quick­ly turn into tox­ic runoff, and the canopy inter­cepts del­uges of rain that would oth­er­wise hit the ground with force and cause com­paction or flash floods. On Gov­er­nors Island, the canopy pre­vents up to 378,000 gal­lons of runoff annu­al­ly, improv­ing the soil of our park space and pre­vent­ing pol­lu­tants from con­t­a­m­i­nat­ing New York Harbor.

All the data result­ing from this sur­vey is incred­i­bly valu­able to the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island, as it will help inform deci­sions on tree plant­i­ng, park main­te­nance, con­struc­tion projects, and pro­gram­ming events. The 3,500 trees on Gov­er­nors Island are a vital resource to the peo­ple of New York, and the Trust is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that this cru­cial urban for­est remains healthy and resilient for many years to come. To learn more about urban forests and trees, come to Gov­er­nors Island on Octo­ber 15 for our City of For­est Day event — includ­ing a spe­cial vol­un­teer activ­i­ty and a tree walk­ing tour around the Island. Click here to learn more and register.

Gov­er­nors Island Cel­e­brates Cli­mate Week NYC 2022


Photo by Timothy Schenck

Sep­tem­ber 19 – 25, 2022, marks the four­teenth annu­al Cli­mate Week NYC, the biggest glob­al cli­mate event of its kind — an entire week ded­i­cat­ed to tak­ing action in the face of cli­mate change to ensure a bet­ter, more sus­tain­able future. Orga­nized by The Cli­mate Group in con­junc­tion with the Unit­ed Nations Gen­er­al Assem­bly and the City of New York, this year’s pro­gram­ming cen­ters around the theme Get­ting it Done.” 

The week is packed full of events — both vir­tu­al and in-per­son — held by a host of lead­ing cli­mate orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing some Gov­er­nors Island part­ners and ten­ants. Check out the full sched­ule of events online at cli​mate​week​nyc​.org.

Whether it’s through mon­u­men­tal pub­lic art com­mis­sions that engage direct­ly with the cli­mate cri­sis, the cli­mate solu­tions lit­er­al­ly built into the Island’s award-win­ning, 43-acre park, or the vibrant com­mu­ni­ty of ten­ants and part­ner orga­ni­za­tions lead­ing cli­mate work in inno­v­a­tive and equi­table ways, Gov­er­nors Island is a hub for cli­mate edu­ca­tion, arts, cul­ture, and oth­er pro­gram­ming every week of the year. We look for­ward to fur­ther expand­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for edu­ca­tion and research, encour­ag­ing pub­lic engage­ment in the cli­mate cri­sis, incu­bat­ing equi­table solu­tions, and grow­ing NYC-based green jobs through the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions on Gov­er­nors Island. Vis­it gov​is​land​.org/​c​l​imate to learn more about this vision and fol­low along with us on social media all week long for a look into every­thing that helps make Gov­er­nors Island a sus­tain­able community.

Sum­mer 2022 Recap — The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island Ambas­sador Interns


NYC’s ado­les­cent and youth pop­u­la­tion has had to endure so many chal­lenges over the past two years; spend­ing a great amount of time indoors and try­ing to adjust to the ever-chang­ing (and increas­ing­ly com­mon) hybrid mod­els of school, work, and recre­ation­al pro­grams. Because of this, The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island part­nered again with Futures and Options to pro­vide a hands-on, expe­ri­en­tial, and pri­mar­i­ly out­door intern­ship that pro­vides interns with valu­able work and life expe­ri­ences that they can car­ry with them through their pro­fes­sion­al and edu­ca­tion­al pur­suits. This sum­mer, the Friends wel­comed a team of eight high school-aged interns that served as Island Ambas­sadors, offer­ing their skillsets to improve the Vis­i­tor Ser­vices operations.

Futures and Options is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that part­ners with New York’s busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty to pro­vide career and intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for under­served youth. With their exten­sive career readi­ness pro­grams, the interns that come from Futures and Options come equipped with train­ing and edu­cat­ion, pro­vid­ing Gov­er­nors Island with a valu­able and diverse work­force. Interns have reap­plied to come work on Gov­er­nors Island for mul­ti­ple sum­mers in a row, as our Island Ambas­sador Intern­ship is very well-liked and sought after amongst our cohorts each year.

The FGI Island Ambas­sador Intern­ship is a holis­tic sum­mer pro­gram that empha­sizes growth in pub­lic out­reach, com­mu­ni­ty build­ing, and eco­log­i­cal explo­ration and preser­va­tion. Through­out the five weeks, interns relate to the thriv­ing Island com­mu­ni­ty of artists, farm­ers, envi­ron­men­tal­ists, his­to­ri­ans, (and more!) to explore their career inter­ests and deep­en their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. 

As a team, the interns serve as the core Vis­i­tor Ser­vice cohort on week­ends, inter­fac­ing with the pub­lic reg­u­lar­ly while run­ning our Wel­come Cen­ter shops. On week­days, they sup­port the Island’s many cor­po­rate events and preser­va­tion efforts, from the his­tor­i­cal build­ings to plant life, and get to know the diverse orga­ni­za­tions that call Gov­er­nors Island home. Addi­tion­al­ly, the interns had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to staff some of the Island’s unique art instal­la­tions, such as the May Room, and were encour­aged to fos­ter rela­tion­ships with the oth­er orga­ni­za­tions in res­i­dence on the island, such as Beam Cen­ter, the West Harlem Art Fund, and Bil­lion Oys­ter Project.

Each year, The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island pro­vides new oppor­tu­ni­ties for these young pro­fes­sion­als. In addi­tion to meet­ing a week­ly require­ment of in-the-field vis­i­tor ser­vice expe­ri­ence, the interns attend­ed a career devel­op­ment work­shop focus­ing on resume build­ing, inter­view skills, and finan­cial lit­er­a­cy host­ed by the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island staff, along with off-Island net­work­ing events.

Over the course of the sum­mer, the 2022 interns pro­vid­ed near­ly 1,000 hours of direct ser­vice and helped thou­sands of vis­i­tors. While gain­ing pro­fes­sion­al work and ser­vice expe­ri­ence is para­mount for our interns, build­ing mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions with indi­vid­u­als on the Island and in the city they call home is also impor­tant to them as they gain con­fi­dence social­ly after endur­ing such iso­lat­ing times.

Stay tuned for infor­ma­tion on Fall intern­ship opportunities!

Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence Present New Pub­lic Pro­grams This Fall


"Supremacy Project" at MoCADA Abolition House, photo by Maiko Sein

Gov­er­nors Island Arts today announced new fall pro­gram­ming from the sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence in the his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary hous­es of Nolan Park and Colonels Row, expand­ing cul­tur­al offer­ings for Gov­er­nors Island vis­i­tors and explor­ing themes includ­ing abo­li­tion, ori­gins of Latin Amer­i­can art, inter­sec­tions of art and tech­nol­o­gy, strug­gles for racial and gen­der equi­ty, and more. 

Gov­er­nors Island attracts a vari­ety of vis­i­tors with its wide-rang­ing Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram­ming and this Fall’s pieces are the epit­o­me of unique expe­ri­ences in the mid­dle of New York Har­bor,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria-Tor­res Springer. I encour­age every New York­er to vis­it Gov­er­nors Island’s Nolan Park and Colonels Row, which include pow­er­ful pieces high­light­ing the arts, cul­ture, and technology.”

As Gov­er­nors Island’s cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty con­tin­ues to grow, we are excit­ed to present even more engag­ing cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences from the more than two-dozen Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence from across the city,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. There’s no place in New York City quite like Gov­er­nors Island – from our acces­si­ble recre­ation­al expe­ri­ences to our stun­ning, eco­log­i­cal­ly inno­v­a­tive land­scapes, to one of the most diverse col­lec­tions of cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences to be pre­sent­ed in one place – I encour­age all New York­ers to hop on the fer­ry and take advan­tage of all the Island has to offer this fall.” 

The Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram rep­re­sents a pow­er­ful cross-sec­tion of per­spec­tives from around New York City, and we are thrilled for vis­i­tors to be able to expe­ri­ence the expand­ed pro­gram offer­ings for the fall months,” said Juan Pablo Siles, Asso­ciate Cura­tor and Pro­duc­er at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. These new offer­ings put into prac­tice the mis­sion of Gov­er­nors Island Arts, engag­ing with the most press­ing issues of our time and respond­ing to the Island’s unique envi­ron­ments, while fur­ther con­nect­ing the artis­tic hub on Gov­er­nors Island to the city­wide arts and cul­tur­al community.” 

Reflect­ing the diver­si­ty of New York City in one cul­tur­al hub, Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram presents dynam­ic, acces­si­ble, free pro­gram­ming to Island vis­i­tors each year. 2022 Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence include 4heads, Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House, Art­Crawl Harlem, Beam Cen­ter, Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, BronxArt­Space, Bronx His­pan­ic Festival/​New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Tri­en­ni­al, the Cli­mate Muse­um, Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Pris­ons, Flux Fac­to­ry, Har­vest­works, KODA, MoCA­DA, NARS Foun­da­tion, New Art Deal­ers Alliance, New York Vir­tu­al Vol­cano Obser­va­to­ry, Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design, NYC Audubon, NYU Gal­latin Wet­Lab, Pratt School of Architecture’s GAUD Pro­gram, Swale, Tri­an­gle Arts, and the West Harlem Art Fund. 

See below for a sched­ule of upcom­ing free exhi­bi­tions and pub­lic pro­grams, with more to be announced in the com­ing weeks at www​.gov​is​land​.org.

BronxArt­Space: Artist Res­i­den­cy & Open Studios


Colonels Row Build­ing 407A

BronxArt­Space is a com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing local and often under-resourced artists, fos­ter­ing projects that engage vital social, edu­ca­tion­al, and polit­i­cal con­cerns. On Gov­er­nors Island, BronxArt­Space will host their annu­al artist res­i­den­cy for sev­en Bronx-based artists along­side open stu­dios Sep­tem­ber 24 – 25 and Octo­ber 29 – 30.

Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Prisons

August 20-Octo­ber 30

Colonels Row Build­ing 410A

Found­ed in 2013, Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Pris­ons works to change the way peo­ple who have been through the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem are viewed by soci­ety as a whole. By exhibit­ing and sell­ing art­work cre­at­ed behind prison walls, they engage Gov­er­nors Island vis­i­tors with issues relat­ed to the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, serv­ing as a reminder that there are human beings behind each piece. Join for an open­ing recep­tion on August 27 from 5 – 7pm.

New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Tri­en­ni­al 2022 (NYLAAT) pre­sent­ed by the Bronx His­pan­ic Festival

August 29-Novem­ber 16

Colonels Row Build­ing 405B

New to Gov­er­nors Island is the 2022 New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Tri­en­ni­al (NYLAAT), pre­sent­ed under the umbrel­la of the Bronx His­pan­ic Fes­ti­val at eight loca­tions through­out New York City. This year’s theme, Abya Yala: Struc­tur­al Ori­gins, explores pre-Columbian, African, and Euro­pean influ­ence and the com­pul­sive changes on Latin Amer­i­can art brought along with the con­tem­po­rary era. NYLAAT 2022 on Gov­er­nors Island will fea­ture the work of 10 artists on dis­play through the fall.

NYU Gal­latin Wet­Lab: feel rub­ble

Sep­tem­ber 10-Octo­ber 30

Colonels Row Build­ing 403

feel rub­ble assem­bles his­toric mul­ti­me­dia works by Bev­er­ly Buchanan and Bet­ty Beau­mont, along with a site-respon­sive sculp­tur­al inter­ven­tion by Gabriela Salazar. Join for an open­ing par­ty on Sep­tem­ber 10 from 4 – 7pm.

Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House

Nolan Park Build­ing 15

The Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House will present sev­er­al free pub­lic arts pro­grams through­out the fall, includ­ing staged read­ings, open rehearsals, and per­for­mances from Chatha/​Choctaw, Creek, and Delaware Native Amer­i­can per­former, writer, direc­tor, and actor Nichol­son Bil­ley; Mohawk actress, direc­tor, and writer Danielle Gray; LeAnne Howe, Mar­la Carl­son, and Muriel Miguel. 

Flux Fac­to­ry

Colonels Row Build­ing 404A

Free, artist-led pub­lic pro­grams at Flux Sat­ur­days, held on the last Sat­ur­day of each month through the end of Octo­ber – includ­ing per­for­mances, exhi­bi­tions, open stu­dios, work­shops, and more.

Har­vest­works: Flu­id — an art and tech exhibition

August 27-Octo­ber 30

Nolan Park Build­ing 10B

Through tech-focused art­works, Flu­id brings togeth­er artists work­ing in a vari­ety of media includ­ing recy­cled elec­tron­ics, web-VR, and immer­sive sound and image instal­la­tions. Bring­ing atten­tion to the flu­id rela­tion­ships between human, ani­mal, and machines, each work explores these issues through the lens of the artist. 

KODA: Mil­dred Bel­tré: Work­ing to get there

August 12-Sep­tem­ber 18

Colonels Row Build­ing 404B

Through her agit­prop work and poet­ic ges­tures, Mil­dred Bel­tré gen­er­ates desire and invites imag­i­na­tion to dream with eyes open wide. Work­ing to get there takes its title from pre-fig­u­ra­tive and abo­li­tion­ist writ­ing and presents prints, draw­ings, cro­chets, and human hair instal­la­tions cre­at­ed between the years of 2002 – 2022 that rep­re­sent a pow­er­ful strug­gle for racial and gen­der equi­ty that is cru­cial to hope and joy. 

KODA x Res­i­den­cy Unlim­it­ed — The Snake & The Archive

August 20-Sep­tem­ber 10

Colonels Row Build­ing 404B

The Snake & The Archive is a col­lab­o­ra­tive research & instal­la­tion project by Stephanie Misa and queer fem­i­nist, zine-pro­duc­ing duo Mul­ti­ple Spir­its. The instal­la­tion approach­es and encoun­ters the archive — whether as sub­ject, source or con­cept, and the inter­sec­tions between them— through embod­ied and sit­u­at­ed knowl­edge and cul­tur­al­ly dis­tinct perspectives.

Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Art: MoCA­DA Abo­li­tion House

July 16-Octo­ber 30

Nolan Park Build­ing 7A

At MoCA­DA Abo­li­tion House on Gov­er­nors Island, mid-career artists will use their unique plat­form, space, and resources to devel­op and present projects, films, per­for­mances, and oth­er new work relat­ed to social jus­tice. High­lights include Suprema­cy Project, a group instal­la­tion address­ing sys­temic vio­lence and oppres­sion that BIPOC fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties are fight­ing to end; Protest With Art, fea­tur­ing arti­facts col­lect­ed by The All Street Jour­nal that chron­i­cle the Black Lives Mat­ter Move­ment, move­ments for hous­ing jus­tice, and men­tal health caus­es; and short film features.

NARS Foun­da­tion: NARS Satel­lite Res­i­den­cy Exhibition

Nolan Park Build­ing 5B

Sep­tem­ber 10-Octo­ber 30

Curat­ed by NARS Cura­to­r­i­al Fel­low Jes­si­ca Duby, this exhi­bi­tion fea­tures works by NARS Foundation’s Satel­lite Artists in Res­i­dence on Gov­er­nors Island, along with artist-led work­shops and open studios.

Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design: Materia/​Material


Nolan Park Build­ing 7B

Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design is hold­ing a sum­mer res­i­den­cy for six artists in res­i­dence, along with sev­er­al open stu­dios and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry work­shops through­out the fall. 

NYC Audubon

Nolan Park Build­ing 17

August 6‑October 29

This fall, New York City Audubon will open the doors of their Gov­er­nors Island res­i­dence, invit­ing vis­i­tors inside the house to expe­ri­ence the world of urban birds in unex­pect­ed ways. In addi­tion, After­noon Bird Walks con­tin­ue every Sat­ur­day from 2 – 3:30pm.

Pratt School of Architecture’s Depart­ment of Grad­u­ate Archi­tec­ture and Urban Design (GAUD): Exper­i­men­tal Landings

Nolan Park Build­ing 14

Through Sep­tem­ber 5

This exhi­bi­tion inter­ro­gates how design­ers assert agency through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion, orga­ni­za­tion, and for­ma­tion of land. Join for a pan­el dis­cus­sion and recep­tion on Sep­tem­ber 1.

Pratt School of Architecture’s Depart­ment of Grad­u­ate Archi­tec­ture and Urban Design (GAUD): MS.Arch and MS.AUD Stu­dent Show 2022

Nolan Park Build­ing 14

Sep­tem­ber 16-Octo­ber 28

An exhi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the work of stu­dents grad­u­at­ing from the Ms.Arch (Mas­ters of Sci­ence in Archi­tec­ture) and MS.AUD (Mas­ters of Sci­ence in Urban Design) in the sum­mer of 2022.

Swale: Metab­o­lism of Cities

Nolan Park Build­ing 11 & LMCC’s Arts Cen­ter at Gov­er­nors Island

Novem­ber 16 – 17

An annu­al sym­po­sium that will focus on the meta­bol­ic process­es that sus­tain life and that can build or rebuild the foun­da­tions of sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Co-pre­sent­ed by Urban Soils Insti­tute NYC and NYC Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion District.

Swale: Free Soils Test­ing Events

Nolan Park Build­ing 11

August 27 & Sep­tem­ber 17

Vis­i­tors can bring soil sam­ples from home, and Swale and NYC Urban Soils Insti­tute will test it for heavy met­als con­tent on the spot. 

West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF)

Nolan Park Build­ing 10B

Sep­tem­ber 10-Octo­ber 30

West Harlem Art Fund will present Fall Arts, a new­ly curat­ed indoor show fea­tur­ing print, design, and sculp­ture art­works by NYC area artists. This fall, WHAF will also hold mono­print­ing work­shops on Sep­tem­ber 10, Sep­tem­ber 24, Octo­ber 8, and Octo­ber 22, led by artist Red Saga­low, and out­door tap-danc­ing work­shops on Octo­ber 2 and Octo­ber 9.

In addi­tion, Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil (LMCC)’s Arts Cen­ter at Gov­er­nors Island – the first year-round home for the arts on the Island – con­tin­ues their 2022 sea­son through the fall months, with a site-spe­­cif­ic exhi­bi­tion by Amy Khosh­bin and Jen­nifer Khosh­bin, a four-chan­nel video instal­la­tion by Elis­sa Blount-Moor­­head and Brad­ford Young, a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry sculp­ture instal­la­tion by Simon Ben­jamin, and the month­ly Take Care pub­lic pro­grams series. The Arts Cen­ter is open Fri­day through Sun­day, with free admis­sion avail­able at www​.lmcc​.net.

May­or Adams Announces New Expan­sion Plan for Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island


Photo courtesy of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

New York City May­or Eric Adams today announced new plans to expand the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island. Dou­bling the school’s foot­print from two to four build­ings — includ­ing one that will be new­ly con­struct­ed — the plan will bring addi­tion­al class­room space and new facil­i­ties, includ­ing a pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab space to sup­port the school’s unique mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal cur­ricu­lum. The plan is the prod­uct of a part­ner­ship between the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island, the New York City Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion (DOE), and the New York City School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty (SCA).

For many New York­ers, Gov­er­nors Island is a place to get away over the week­end. And for so many oth­ers, it is a place to learn about our world or pre­pare our city for the threats of cli­mate change,” said May­or Adams. This project will give our young peo­ple the best of all worlds: a holis­tic, high-qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion, brand new facil­i­ties to help stu­dents learn, and access to one of our city’s gems where nature tru­ly is the classroom.”

The Urban Assem­bly Har­bor School expan­sion will pro­vide our youth with brand-new facil­i­ties, a unique learn­ing envi­ron­ment, and expo­sure to a city trea­sure in Gov­er­nors Island,” said First Deputy May­or Lor­raine Gril­lo. Thank you, May­or Adams, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, and all the city and com­mu­ni­ty stake­hold­ers for mak­ing this project possible.”

Gov­er­nors Island has proven itself to be a recre­ation­al, cul­tur­al, and edu­ca­tion­al resource for over a decade in part­ner­ship with the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria Tor­res-Springer. We know the excep­tion­al stu­dents at the Har­bor School have bright futures, and I am excit­ed to see all they can accom­plish with state-of-the-art expand­ed space and resources.”

Expan­sion plans announced today include the con­struc­tion of a new, state-of-the-art facil­i­ty locat­ed on a site with­in the Island’s West­ern Devel­op­ment Zone. The new facil­i­ty will house a com­pe­ti­tion-sized pool to sup­port the school’s unique water-depen­dent mar­itime pro­grams, a new gym­na­si­um, and expand­ed lab­o­ra­to­ry space ded­i­cat­ed to career-tech­ni­cal train­ing and research. The new facil­i­ty will be the first new con­struc­tion build­ing locat­ed with­in a devel­op­ment zone on Gov­er­nors Island since its trans­fer from fed­er­al to local con­trol and will be a key com­po­nent of the trust’s planned mul­ti-ten­ant Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions. The con­struc­tion of the new pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab­o­ra­to­ry facil­i­ty will demon­strate bold sus­tain­able and resilient design as out­lined in the trust’s goals for the Cli­mate Cen­ter and the island’s over­all transformation. 

The School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty will also ren­o­vate Build­ing 555 — a des­ig­nat­ed land­mark build­ing orig­i­nal­ly con­struct­ed in 1938 as fam­i­ly hous­ing by the Unit­ed States Army — to sup­port 32,000 square feet of addi­tion­al class­room space. Both projects will expand the Har­bor School’s facil­i­ties on Gov­er­nors Island from two build­ings to four. The over­all expan­sion project includes cap­i­tal fund­ing sup­port from the New York City Coun­cil and the Man­hat­tan Bor­ough President’s Office.

The first year-round ten­ant on Gov­er­nors Island since its trans­fer from fed­er­al to local con­trol in 2003, the mis­sion of the Har­bor School — a DOE pub­lic high school — is to pro­vide a col­lege-prepara­to­ry edu­ca­tion built upon New York City’s mar­itime expe­ri­ence with a focus on envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. With its part­ners — includ­ing the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project — the school devel­ops authen­tic activ­i­ties for its stu­dents on, around, and relat­ed to the water that cre­ates a sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty to the New York Har­bor and devel­op a new gen­er­a­tion of mar­itime advo­cates, enthu­si­asts, work­ers, and deci­sion-mak­ers. The Har­bor School cur­rent­ly occu­pies near­ly 80,000 square feet across two build­ings locat­ed with­in the Gov­er­nors Island His­toric Dis­trict, includ­ing Build­ing 550 and the Marine and Sci­ence Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­ter, which sup­ports the school’s water depen­dent activity. 

The expan­sion of the Har­bor School comes at a trans­for­ma­tion­al moment as the trust moves for­ward, with plans to devel­op a Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, which will expand part­ner­ship, learn­ing and train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents on Gov­er­nors Island. The trust is cur­rent­ly in the process of attract­ing an anchor edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tion as part of the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive designed to fur­ther New York City as a glob­al leader in efforts to respond to the cli­mate cri­sis. A key part of May­or Eric Adams’ Blue­print for New York City’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery, the project will sup­port the research, devel­op­ment, and demon­stra­tion of equi­table cli­mate solu­tions for New York City — that can be scaled and applied globally.

The Urban Assem­bly Har­bor School is an incred­i­ble exam­ple of how a school’s cam­pus and facil­i­ties can help mold our stu­dents’ pas­sions, inter­ests, and, ulti­mate­ly, their path to eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty. Most impor­tant­ly, we lis­tened to and heard from the stu­dents, edu­ca­tors, and fam­i­lies of the Har­bor School, who advo­cat­ed for these facil­i­ty invest­ments,” said DOE Chan­cel­lor David C. Banks. I look for­ward to the impact that these new and sus­tain­able facil­i­ties, includ­ing a new pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab­o­ra­to­ry, will have on this unique school com­mu­ni­ty, and thank the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island for their con­tin­ued partnership.”

For over a decade, the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School has uti­lized Gov­er­nors Island and New York Har­bor as a liv­ing class­room, where stu­dents from across the five bor­oughs receive career train­ing in mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal fields and are empow­ered to take action in the face of cli­mate change, and today’s announce­ment of an expand­ed cam­pus means more stu­dents than ever will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence its unique cur­ricu­lum,” said Clare New­man, pres­i­dent and CEO, Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We’re hon­ored to have worked with May­or Eric Adams, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, Schools Chan­cel­lor David Banks, and the Har­bor School com­mu­ni­ty to devel­op new state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­to­ry and aquat­ic facil­i­ties here on Gov­er­nors Island, where stu­dents will gain expo­sure to real-world train­ing for jobs in the mar­itime, cli­mate, and the envi­ron­men­tal fields.”

I am thrilled that the SCA will be able to improve and expand upon our orig­i­nal plans for the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School,” said SCA pres­i­dent and CEO Nina Kub­o­ta. The col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between the SCA, DOE, and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island has led to this ter­rif­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty for the school’s unique mar­itime pro­gram­ming to serve even more New York City stu­dents as well as an addi­tion­al resource for the community.”

The expan­sion of Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School brings to life our chancellor’s vision of reimag­in­ing the stu­dent learn­ing expe­ri­ence,” said Fred Walsh, high school super­in­ten­dent for CUNY and the Urban Assem­bly, DOE. We are thrilled about the plan to expand and improve the school’s facil­i­ties, which will ulti­mate­ly expand oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents across the city. Stu­dents who attend the Har­bor School engage in a wide range of mar­itime- and marine sci­ence-focused career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion (CTE) pro­grams and work-based learn­ing, lead­ing to indus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and prepar­ing them for suc­cess­ful expe­ri­ence in col­lege or a career of their choice. As our world changes and the need for cli­mate change solu­tions evolves, this expan­sion will enrich the lives of count­less stu­dents, while prepar­ing future grad­u­ates to be at the fore­front of the field and enter the work­force pre­pared to lead. We look for­ward to see­ing the impact the expan­sion has on all of the stu­dents and fam­i­lies who join the Har­bor School Community.”

I am proud to have long cham­pi­oned Gov­er­nors Island; it is tru­ly one of our city’s hid­den gems,” said U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jer­ry Nadler. I have long sup­port­ed the Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island. I believe that its edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion is so impor­tant today, which is why after many years of advo­ca­cy it is great news that the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the city are final­ly announc­ing an expan­sion of the school and build­ing, a much-need­ed pool, gym­na­si­um, and new sci­ence labs.”

The New York Har­bor School’s CTE pro­gram is one of the most unique in the city, and because of that, care­ful con­sid­er­a­tions must be made when devel­op­ing a space that is intend­ed to be of opti­mal ser­vice to the school com­mu­ni­ty there,” said Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Mark Levine. I am extreme­ly pleased to see that SCA is act­ing on those con­sid­er­a­tions and cen­ter­ing equi­ty as it relates to a school whose mis­sion is to pro­vide robust, unique, on-water expe­ri­ences for their stu­dents and offer path­ways into mar­itime careers.”

I am thrilled that the Har­bor School will be expand­ing its facil­i­ties and that they will final­ly get their long-await­ed swim­ming pool and gym­na­si­um,” said New York State Sen­a­tor Bri­an Kavanagh. For near­ly twen­ty years, the Har­bor School has offered unique edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties to a diverse stu­dent body. Learn­ing marine biol­o­gy, sail­ing, and oth­er water­craft skills, and col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, all pre­pare stu­dents for careers engag­ing with and being good stew­ards of our nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment — and serv­ing Gov­er­nors Island, the har­bor, and New York. The aquat­ic cen­ter will allow stu­dents to take full advan­tage of the school’s mar­itime-themed aca­d­e­mics. I am glad that the expan­sion includes addi­tion­al class­room space, giv­ing more stu­dents the chance to expe­ri­ence this excep­tion­al edu­ca­tion on Gov­er­nors Island. Thank you to the trust, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, Prin­ci­pal Jeff Che­tirko, the Har­bor School PTA, the stu­dents, Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1, and all of the ded­i­cat­ed advo­cates who helped make this possible.”

I am excit­ed to see that after years of advo­ca­cy from par­ents, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, and elect­ed offi­cials, Har­bor School is final­ly get­ting the resources it deserves,” said New York State Assem­bly­mem­ber Yuh-Line Niou. It is vital that we sup­port our CTE pro­grams and that we increase access to spe­cial­ized resources and oth­er facil­i­ties for our stu­dents. This pro­pos­al does both, and I am proud to have advo­cat­ed for these projects.”

Since tak­ing office, we have been work­ing with the Har­bor School staff and par­ents to advo­cate for a full-sized com­pet­i­tive pool for their stu­dents,” said New York City Coun­cilmem­ber Christo­pher Marte. We are so excit­ed that the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty has heard our call and com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an incred­i­ble facil­i­ty for one of our district’s most unique pub­lic high schools. Har­bor School stu­dents have unique oppor­tu­ni­ties to grad­u­ate high school with skills that make them unique­ly qual­i­fied to work green jobs and with our water­ways. How­ev­er, the lack of access to a com­pet­i­tive-sized swim­ming pool has left a sig­nif­i­cant gap in this edu­ca­tion. The addi­tion of this pool shows the pow­er of com­mu­ni­ty activism and the will­ing­ness of the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty to work with par­ents and staff.”

CB1 is thrilled that the Har­bor School will final­ly have their long-await­ed aquat­ics cen­ter on Gov­er­nors Island,” said Tri­cia Joyce, chair­per­son, Youth and Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, Man­hat­tan Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1 (CB1). The School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island respond­ed to PTA and com­mu­ni­ty feed­back to find a solu­tion, and the loca­tion and design of the new build­ing will make this spe­cial pro­gram for envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and mar­itime careers on the water whole at last. We thank our elect­ed offi­cials for their tire­less sup­port of edu­ca­tion in Com­mu­ni­ty Dis­trict 1.”

We are thrilled and excit­ed that the New York Har­bor School’s long quest for an aquat­ics cen­ter and gym will final­ly have a facil­i­ty empow­er­ing suc­cess for this spe­cial pro­gram of envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and mar­itime careers in our city on the water,” said Nan Richard­son, chair, SEA com­mit­tee; and Amy Koza, PTA pres­i­dent, New York Har­bor School. Grat­i­tude to the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and to the chan­cel­lor for their com­mit­ment to a vision­ary future of edu­ca­tion, as well as to Con­gress­man Nadler, Coun­cilmem­ber Marte, Sen­a­tor Kavanagh, Assem­bly­mem­ber Fall, Assem­bly­mem­ber Niou, and Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Levine for their unflag­ging sup­port and belief in inno­v­a­tive learn­ing. Every sin­gle fam­i­ly and friend of Har­bor School past, present, and future, will be joy­ous at this news.”

The Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School com­mu­ni­ty great­ly appre­ci­ates the sup­port of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty for pro­vid­ing our pub­lic school the nec­es­sary tools to meet the require­ments of our sev­en career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion path­ways,” said Jef­frey Che­tirko, prin­ci­pal, The Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School. This invest­ment will ensure greater oppor­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare our stu­dents to pur­sue careers in the blue and green economies of the future and con­tin­ue to appre­ci­ate and pro­tect our city’s great­est nat­ur­al resources, New York Har­bor and Gov­er­nors Island. These resources will cre­ate equi­table facil­i­ties, allow­ing New York City stu­dents to learn to swim, space for phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion, and state-of-the-art facil­i­ties that will sup­port the envi­ron­men­tal work we do with the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project.”

The Urban Assembly’s abil­i­ty to pro­vide robust work-based learn­ing and career path­ways in the mar­itime indus­try has been strength­ened by this expan­sion,” said David Adams, CEO, The Urban Assem­bly. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the work of devel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of stew­ards and lead­ers of the New York Harbor.”

The New York Har­bor School pro­vides fan­tas­tic, hands-on, place based edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents that are depen­dent on its loca­tion, on Gov­er­nors Island, in the cen­ter of New York Har­bor. This invest­ment by the City and the Trust for Gov­er­nor’s Island is a tes­ta­ment to over a decade of excel­lent instruc­tion and unique and excit­ing learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. All of us at Bil­lion Oys­ter Project are thrilled to see Har­bor School expand and final­ly have con­ve­nient access to a pool for dive and swim train­ing as well as much need­ed lab spaces for expand­ing Career and Tech­ni­cal Edu­ca­tion,” said Pete Mali­nows­ki, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project. 

Chap­ter One of The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest” Open Now in Times Square


Photo by Michael Hull for Times Square Arts

In July 2022, Gov­er­nors Island Arts, Times Square Arts, and Cre­ative Time joint­ly announced the first pub­lic art exhi­bi­tion by Charles Gaines, The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest. This sweep­ing instal­la­tion will take place in three parts in three dif­fer­ent loca­tions over the course of three years — ­­Times Square, Gov­er­nors Island, and Cincinnati.

Chap­ter One debuted on July 13 in Times Square with two per­for­mances of Gaines’ Man­i­festos 4: The Dred and Har­ri­et Scott Deci­sion. The per­for­mance was a musi­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal text of the 1857 U.S. Supreme Court case of Dred Scott vs. San­ford, and was per­formed with a wood­wind quin­tet, piano, and tenor. The per­for­mance built upon the artist’s Man­i­festos series, in which Gaines dis­arms and draws upon his­tor­i­cal texts, unit­ing the ratio­nal, math­e­mat­i­cal, and lyri­cal struc­tures of music with the irra­tional­i­ty of vio­lence, racial ten­sions, and social injustice. 

Read the text fea­tured in the per­for­mance here, and read the full speech by Fred­er­ick Dou­glass in response to the deci­sion — which was sung by tenor Dar­i­an Clonts as the final part of each per­for­mance—here.

Roots, Chap­ter One’s sculp­tur­al instal­la­tion, also opened on July 13, and will be on view in Times Square through Sep­tem­ber 23. It fea­tures sev­en paint­ed Amer­i­can Sweet­gum trees, which his­tor­i­cal­ly grew in what is now Times Square, with their roots up to give the piece a sur­re­al and dystopi­an feel. 

Look­ing ahead, Chap­ter Two of The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest will come to Gov­er­nors Island in Octo­ber 2022. Locat­ed at the base of Out­look Hill, Mov­ing Chains will fea­ture a large kinet­ic sculp­ture instal­la­tion com­posed of nine chains. Eight of the chains will be move at the pace of New York Harbor’s cur­rents, while the ninth will move at the speed of the many ships that have passed through the har­bor through­out his­to­ry. Mov­ing Chains illu­mi­nates the exchange of peo­ple, cap­i­tal, and goods cycling between the north and south that made up the slave trade, while call­ing atten­tion to the polit­i­cal, judi­cial, and eco­nom­ic oper­a­tions estab­lished in this country’s foun­da­tion­al finan­cial sys­tem. Chap­ter Two will also include free pub­lic pro­gram­ming on Gov­er­nors Island relat­ed to the piece, stay tuned for announce­ments and updates. 

Click here to learn more about The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest.

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies Launch New Dig­i­tal Guide to Enrich Vis­i­tor Experience


The new guide to Governors Island will feature information on Governors Island Arts public art commissions, like Rachel Whitread’s Cabin, pictured here. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Today, the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island launched a new, dig­i­tal guide on Bloomberg Con­nects, the free arts and cul­tur­al app cre­at­ed by Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies. The Bloomberg Con­nects app helps to expand Gov­er­nors Island’s acces­si­bil­i­ty for both onsite and off­site vis­its through mul­ti­me­dia fea­tures offer­ing insights into this unique land­mark in New York Harbor. 

New York City is back, and we are spread­ing the word,” said New York City May­or Eric Adams. Gov­er­nors Island is one of the real gems of our city, and this new dig­i­tal guide on the Bloomberg Con­nects app will help us share this great asset and all our city has to offer with more New York­ers and visitors.”

We are excit­ed to part­ner with Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies to launch of this new dig­i­tal guide to Gov­er­nors Island,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Island vis­i­tors far and wide will be able to deep­en their expe­ri­ence by explor­ing this acces­si­ble library of infor­ma­tion on our trans­for­ma­tive arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, recre­ation­al activ­i­ties and ameni­ties, his­toric build­ings, and more.” 

The new guide fea­tures in depth infor­ma­tion to enrich vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence on Gov­er­nors Island, with sec­tions that include pop­u­lar things to do and free recre­ation activ­i­ties along with a detailed map allow­ing vis­i­tors to nav­i­gate the Island dur­ing their vis­it. In addi­tion, Gov­er­nors Island Arts — the pub­lic arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram pre­sent­ed by the Trust — fea­tures heav­i­ly in the guide, with detailed sec­tions on pub­lic art com­mis­sions dat­ing back to 2014, infor­ma­tion on the two dozen sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence in Nolan Park and Colonels Row, and fea­tures on upcom­ing events and free pro­grams. Vis­i­tors will also be able to fur­ther explore Gov­er­nors Island’s his­toric build­ings through the app, with a vir­tu­al exhib­it on the His­toric Dis­trict illu­mi­nat­ing the Island’s archi­tec­tur­al history. 

Help­ing more peo­ple enjoy all that Gov­er­nors Island has to offer is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the work that the Bloomberg admin­is­tra­tion began 20 years ago, work­ing with our part­ners to trans­form an untapped trea­sure into one of the world’s great parks,” said Patri­cia E. Har­ris, CEO of Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies. Our Bloomberg Con­nects app will allow any­one with a smart phone to nav­i­gate the island, learn its his­to­ry, and enjoy all the free recre­ation­al and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties that are hap­pen­ing. There’s nev­er been a bet­ter time to explore an island that keeps offer­ing new rea­sons to visit.”

Gov­er­nors Island is one of New York City’s most dynam­ic and fas­ci­nat­ing des­ti­na­tions — and now there is so much more to dis­cov­er here, thanks to the part­ner­ship with Bloomberg Con­nects,” said Mer­ritt Birn­baum, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. This new online tool brings to life the his­to­ry, art, cul­ture, recre­ation, and sci­ence in a con­ve­nient and acces­si­ble for­mat that will be a ter­rif­ic resource for vis­i­tors. The abil­i­ty to use the map fea­ture to enrich their expe­ri­ence as they nav­i­gate the pub­lic space will be a game-chang­er for exploration.”

The Bloomberg Con­nects app is avail­able for down­load from Google Play or the App Store. Vis­i­tors can down­load and explore on-site by con­nect­ing to free Gov­er­nors Island Wi-Fi. 

Bloomberg Con­nects offers free dig­i­tal guides to cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions around the world. The app plat­form is part of Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies’ long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing dig­i­tal inno­va­tion in the arts. Bloomberg Con­nects makes it easy to access and engage with arts and cul­ture from mobile devices when vis­it­ing in per­son, or any­time from any­where. With dynam­ic con­tent exclu­sive to each part­ner orga­ni­za­tion, the app pro­vides a range of fea­tures includ­ing video, audio, and text; expert com­men­tary; and way-find­ing maps. Fol­low Bloomberg Con­nects on Insta­gram, Face­book, and Twit­ter for updates on new guide launch­es, exhib­it high­lights, and more.

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