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.
National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy
The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior General Agreement. With nearly 27,000 acres, the National Park Service is one of the largest caretakers, public or private, on the waterfront, hosting approximately 20 million visitors annually -- four million of whom visit through Lower Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The mission of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is to create for the people an unrivaled vehicle to preserve the environment, promote economic development and create on New York Harbor, the finest urban waterfront recreation and educational park system in the world.
The Trust for Governors Island
The Trust is a city agency charged with the planning, redevelopment. and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust seeks to bring Governors Island back to life, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with great public open space, as well as future education, not for profit and commercial facilities. The Trust is the successor agency to the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), a former city-state partnership whose mission was similar. In 2010, GIPEC ceased to exist and formally ceded control of its property to The Trust.
Governors Island Alliance
The Governors Island Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to celebrate the Island's rich history, create memorable parks and public spaces, and ensure appropriate reuse of the Island and its historic structures.
The Governors Island Alliance's concept of redeveloping the Island as a great civic space was the basis for the 2003 transfer from the Federal Government to the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (now the Trust for Governors Island) and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Castle Williams, named after its designer, Colonel Jonathan Williams upon its completion in 1811, was alternately known only as "The Tower."