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.
Birds on Governors Island
NPS Photo Credit - Edward Lorenzini
Governors Island National Monument is an excellent place for birders. In addition to the traditional "backyard birds," you may be treated to a sighting of a red-tail hawk, killdeer, kestrel or barn owl.
National Park VIP (Volunteer-In-Park) Annie Barry provided detailed journal accounts of her on-island birding expeditions. Click on the links below to begin your "virtual" birding experience.
Did You Know?
In 1860, nearly half of the enlisted men stationed on Governors Island had immigrated to New York from either Ireland or Germany. Women immigrants from these countries also took their first jobs "off the boat" as maids and servants in the officers' homes on the island.