Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, within the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located approximately 800 yards south … See more



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Sep 16, 2022
Have been coming to NYC on a regular basis for a few years now and this is our first trip here and what a time we had. $4 ferry trip from Wall St Pier 11, you get a 20 minute river trip to the islan… Full review by handyspanner
Sep 1, 2022
An 8 minute ferry ride takes you to this island with wide open green spaces and clean air (no cars and no smokers). You feel you're so far away from the city! TRY THIS ONCE: Take the earliest 7a… Full review by Jolafam
Aug 5, 2022
We didn’t 100% know exactly what to expect at Governors Island but it turned out to be a true treat. Loads of history and the free walking tour was fantastic (hopefully you get Judy, she’s amazing - … Full review by Mark T


Use as a Military Installation
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, within the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located approximately 800 yards south of Manhattan Island, and is separated from Brooklyn to the east by the 400-yard-wide Buttermilk Channel. The National Park Service administers a small portion of the north of the island as the Governors Island National Monument, including two former military fortifications named Fort Jay and Castle Williams. The Trust for Governors Island operates the remaining 150 acres, including 52 historic buildings, as a public park. About 103 acres of the land area is fill, added in the early 1900s to the south of the original island. The native Lenape originally referred to Governors Island as Paggank. The name was translated into the Dutch Noten Eylandt, then Anglicized into Nutten Island, before being renamed Governor's Island by the late 18th century. The island's use as a military installation dates to 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, when Continental Army troops raised defensive works on the island. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post, serving mainly as a training ground for troops, though it also served as a strategic defense point during wartime. The island then served as a major United States Coast Guard installation until 1996. Following its decommissioning as a military base, there were several plans for redeveloping Governors Island. It was sold to the public for a nominal sum in 2003, and opened for public use in 2005. Governors Island has become a popular seasonal destination open to the public between May and September, attracting more than 800,000 visitors per year as of 2018. In addition to the 43-acre public park, Governors Island includes free arts and cultural events, as well as recreational activities. The New York Harbor School, a public high school with a maritime-focused curriculum, has been on the island since 2010. The island can only be accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Make your New York City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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