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

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

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

What Governors Island Was Like in 1890

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What was life like for soldiers stationed on Governors Island? Here is an account that appeared in The World, Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, in 1890. The headline: “Beautiful Lawns and Pretty Homes Under Frowning Guns.” This was twenty years before the Continue reading What Governors Island Was Like in 1890

The Early Birds Monument and Governors Island Aviation Pioneers

Early Birds Monument

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. The Early Birds Monument is the only Continue reading The Early Birds Monument and Governors Island Aviation Pioneers

Pioneer Aviator Katherine Stinson, the Schoolgirl Pilot, Lands in 1917

Katherine Stinson

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. Many other pioneering aviators followed the first Continue reading Pioneer Aviator Katherine Stinson, the Schoolgirl Pilot, Lands in 1917

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