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.
NPS Museum collection GOIS-0117.
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American People so that all may experience our heritage. To do that we have laws and policies that point the direction, plans to do the specific things and friends and partners that share a common vision about those special places.
Our Partners - Here are a listing of groups and organizations that share an interest in Governors Island National Monument
Laws & Policies - Presidental proclaimations establishing Governors Island National Monument in 2001 and 2003 are located here. Also find our park compendium of monument-specific rules and regulations on public use and activities.
Park Planning - Our long range plan, a general management plan approved in 2007, can be found here.
Special Use Permits - Information and application forms for using Governors Island National Monument for commercial filming, artistic exhibits and installations or special events.
Did You Know?
Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.