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.
Laws & Policies
White House / Tina Hager
Governors Island National Monument was established in 2001 and reaffirmed in 2003 under the terms of the 1906 Antiquities Act which allows the president to establish national monuments to perserve sites of historic, scenic or scientific interests on federal lands.
Establishment of Governors Island National Monument, January 19, 2001
Transfer of Governors Island to the people of New York, January 31, 2003
Establishment of the Governors Island National Monument, February 7, 2003
Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. For more information visit: www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/NY/index.htm
Regulations and Rules for Governors Island National Monument
Each unit of the national park system is managed by a basic set of laws and regulations. To allow for the protection of visitors and the places they visit, each national park area has more specific rules to meet their conditions and circumstances. Here are those rules for the Governors Island National Monument:
Did You Know?
Fort Jay was named after John Jay, who served as the second governor of New York, an office he held during construction of the fort. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Jay also served as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and as the first Chief Justice of Supreme Court.