Governor's Island 2006-07-05


Governor's Island, just a few hundred yards from South Ferry, was a naval base for about 200 years, and a Coast Guard base from the 1960s to about 1996. Most of the land is now owned by the City of New York and various proposals are being evaluated as to the future of the island. The northern section has various historic structures and buildings that will be preserved. This summer the city has the island open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.


         Fort Jay - dry moat looking out to 1 New York Plaza

         Castle Williams - along with Castle Clinton in Batter Park, these fortifications provided for the defense of New York City for the War of 1812

         house where Mikhail Gorbachev stayed in preparation for a meeting with Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1988

         Santiago Calvaterra's proposal for an aerial tramway to connect lower Manhattan with Governor's Island

         newly restored ferry terminal just north of the Staten Island ferry terminal, across from 1 New York Plaza







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