Glenn Curtiss and the 1910 Flying Marksman of Fort Jay

Glenn Curtiss

Governors Island played an important role in the history of aviation. Each week this month will be a historical look at one event in the island’s contribution to the history of manned flight. Wilbur Wright snared glory in 1909 on Continue reading Glenn Curtiss and the 1910 Flying Marksman of Fort Jay

Mayor Bill de Blasio Eyes Economic Growth and Development on Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio

On February 4, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city is going to make economic development on Governors Island a high priority. He made the announcement during his State of the City speech. While he Continue reading Mayor Bill de Blasio Eyes Economic Growth and Development on Island

Wilbur Wright Flies Over New York Harbor in 1909

Wilbur Wright

Governors Island played an important role in the history of aviation. Each week this month will be a historical look at one event in the island’s contribution to the history of manned flight. Southeast of Liggett Terrace is the Early Continue reading Wilbur Wright Flies Over New York Harbor in 1909

Stories About the Buildings: Tampa Memorial Library

Tampa Memorial Library

With the Island closed to the public until May, we’ll take a look at some of the history of Governors Island. One of the most visible of the unused structures from Fort Jay is the old Tampa Memorial Library (building Continue reading Stories About the Buildings: Tampa Memorial Library

1960s Governors Island in the Snow, Painted by World War II Vet

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The beauty of Governors Island lends itself to the visual arts. Of course, photography, but also painting and sculpture. One of the first occupants of the Island after it transitioned to a public park was the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Continue reading 1960s Governors Island in the Snow, Painted by World War II Vet

2016 Summer Guides Positions Open at National Monument

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Want to work on Governors Island National Monument this summer, as part of the guides with the National Park Service? The open period for applicants for these positions is Monday, December 28, 2015 to Monday, January 11, 2016: GS-3 Park Continue reading 2016 Summer Guides Positions Open at National Monument

Cypress Hills National Cemetery Walking Tour Nov. 8

Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Few know that there was once a cemetery on Governors Island. The Army moved all of the graves, almost 500 men, women, and children, to Brooklyn in 1878. For Veterans Day, we are going to visit those graves and the Continue reading Cypress Hills National Cemetery Walking Tour Nov. 8

Hearing to Stop Tourist Helicopters Over Island

Castle Williams

If you have been to Governors Island at all in the last few years, you will notice the constant and incessant buzzing of tourist helicopters. These take off and land approximately every two minutes, seven days a week, directly across Continue reading Hearing to Stop Tourist Helicopters Over Island

National Park Service Hosts Civil War Weekend Aug. 8-9

Civil War on Governors Island

We are happy to report the Governors Island National Monument will be hosting the annual Civil War Weekend August 8 and 9 this month. The island fills with scores of living history enthusiasts that bring the 1860s to the park. Continue reading National Park Service Hosts Civil War Weekend Aug. 8-9