The Forlorn Landmark YMCA Building Turns 90

YMCA

With the Island closed to the public until May 28, we’ll take a look at some of the history of Governors Island. Ninety years ago this summer a building opened on the Island to great acclaim and was once one Continue reading The Forlorn Landmark YMCA Building Turns 90

Take a Free Island History Walking Tour, May 28-29

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To celebrate the fourteenth public season of Governors Island opening, there will be free history walking tours on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. The walks will meet at 12:15 p.m. at Soissons Dock on the Island (see below). Continue reading Take a Free Island History Walking Tour, May 28-29

Volunteer on Governors Island

Arsenal CO House

Spend some quality time on Governors Island – as a volunteer!  The Governors Island volunteer corps performs critical tasks from maintaining the Island’s lush landscapes to enhancing the visitor experience. With 172 acres, there’s a lot of ground to cover Continue reading Volunteer on Governors Island

ESPN Brings Drone Racing to Governors Island August 5-7

Drone racers (IDRA photo)

A major media and interactive sports event was announced this week: drone racing is coming to Governors Island August 5-7, courtesy of ESPN. Drone racing took off this year with international competitions in Dubai, and ESPN announced a multi-year broadcasting Continue reading ESPN Brings Drone Racing to Governors Island August 5-7

Golfing On Governors Island Saved the Parade Ground

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I haven’t met anyone who didn’t like to hear about when the Parade Ground on Governors Island was used for a golf course. Walking around it, one can still make out where some of the tees and bunkers once where. Continue reading Golfing On Governors Island Saved the Parade Ground

Doughboy Day at Fort Jay on Sept 17 Honors WW1

Doughboys

Governors Island played a critical role in America’s involvement with World War I. It was the headquarters of the First Army, and General John J. Pershing began his trip to France to lead the American Expeditionary Forces from the Island. Continue reading Doughboy Day at Fort Jay on Sept 17 Honors WW1

Governors Island Alliance Changes Name, Rebrands, as Friends of Governors Island

The Dutch House

Are you a friend of Governors Island? The Governors Island Alliance announced today that it is rebranding, and has changed its name to the Friends of Governors Island. In anticipation of the fourteenth public season on the Island, the organization Continue reading Governors Island Alliance Changes Name, Rebrands, as Friends of Governors Island

Stories About the Buildings: Post Theatre

Post Theatre

With the Island closed to the public until May 28, we’ll take a look at some of the history of Governors Island. Another of the most visible of the unused structures from Fort Jay is the old Post Theatre (building Continue reading Stories About the Buildings: Post Theatre

From 1898, the Tragic Tale of Captain Gilman

U.S.S. Relief

History stories about Governors Island are presented until the Island opens on May 28. I had a lot of material that would not fit into The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide. This tragic story about an Army officer from the Island, Continue reading From 1898, the Tragic Tale of Captain Gilman