Located in the heart of New York Harbor between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, Governors Island is home to unparalleled development opportunities offering the advantages of New York City with the feeling of being a world apart. Eight minutes by ferry from the energy and excitement of the City, the Island is home to an award-winning park, flexible, ground-up development sites and a campus of over 50 charming historic buildings ready for their next chapter.
An Island Transformed for the Future
Transformation of the Island into a vibrant, year-round public place with commercial, educational and non-profit uses is underway. Over $400M has been invested in building stabilization, infrastructure, expanded transportation and over 120 acres of open space, including a new park designed by West 8. Tenants have access to the Island year-round, and our public season is growing nearly every year.
Enjoy a retreat-like campus with proximity to all that New York City has to offer
Minutes by ferry from Manhattan and Brooklyn, Governors Island offers immediate access to New York City’s diverse talent pool, leading institutions, business community, and global networks. Despite its physical proximity, the car-free Island and its vast public open space feel like a world away from the city, ideal for education, research and convening.
A growing community of tenants and partners
The Island is currently home to year-round tenants including the New York Harbor School, a public high school focused on maritime and STEM education, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center, an artist residency program and public gallery, overnight residency programs from Shandaken Projects and the Institute for Public Architecture, and the under-construction QC Terme day spa. These are joined over two dozen cultural and educational partners, and a growing number of amenities.
A Connection to New York Harbor
An expanded ferry network brings you to Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn in minutes, with additional service through the growing NYC Ferry Network. Enjoy waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty and city skyline and a unique opportunity for users with need for direct waterfront access.
Room to Grow
1M+ square feet of historic buildings ready for adaptive reuse and 33 acres of fully entitled development area that can accommodate new academic, commercial, convening, and cultural facilities.
Request for Expressions of Interest: Anchor Educational & Research Institution
In 2021, the Trust and the City New York launched a global competition seeking an anchor university and research institution as part of the Center for Climate Solutions. The submission period is now closed, please stay tuned for updates.
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