The 2013 Public Access Season has concluded
The 2013 public access season on Governors Island has ended. Governors Island will re-open to the public Memorial Day Weekend, 2014.
R train service change
Due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy, MTA has suspended R train service to Lower Manhattan on weekends until October 2014. Please use the 4/5 at Bowling Green or the 1 at South Ferry to connect to the Governors Island Ferry.
“Bill” Bandura served in the U.S. Army at the post on Governors Island known as Fort Jay during the Korean War, from 1949 until 1952. Bill worked in the Publication Office and had Top Secret clearance. He would figure out the printing and distribution of military orders. Bill remembers the day to day duties on the island, often working from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
He recalled one occasion that he was assigned guard duty at Castle Williams. Being a Sunday morning, he remembers marching the prisoners to church. But Bill did not only have traditional military duties on Governors Island. One day, he helped fill in for two young women working at the snack bar of the YMCA.
Bill’s story has given us a glimpse into what daily life was like for soldiers at Fort Jay. However Bill has also generously donated paperwork and photographs from his time at the military post. Included in this collection is the receipt that Bill received for the $3.00 he was compensated for his one day of work at the YMCA at Fort Jay. Also among the papers are news bulletins handed out daily at the army post and a letter of recommendation written for him by the Chief of the Publications Supply and Reproduction Branch. In it, the chief wrote about Bill, “His honesty and loyalty are beyond question and he had contributed much to the improvement and efficiency of the printing plant.” Bill’s recollections and memories and his collection of paperwork and photos will greatly help the National Park Service in its mission to conserve the military history here at Governors Island National Monument.
Did You Know?
The first, last, and only shots fired in anger from Governors Island were directed at British naval ships as they invaded New York Harbor in the summer of 1776.