Commanding Officer's House

New Book Will Explore Governors Island

Building 19
The 1878 Officers’ Quarters, Building 16, is a one-family, two-story house, of wood frame construction in the Victorian vernacular style.
I am very pleased to announce that my sixth book will be published by Globe Pequot Press: The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide. It will be part of the “Historical Tours” series and come out in about nine months. The book will be approximately 122 pages and available in softcover and ebook. It will be illustrated with maps, photos, and artwork. It will be available soon for pre-order; the ISBN is 978-1-4930-1966-3.

Globe Pequot Press published my most recent book, The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide, in February. Sam Roberts in The New York Times wrote:

“This delightful illustrated reminiscence profiles the full cast of wits who defined cosmopolitan culture through the 1920s and leads readers on a revealing tour of their haunts.”

I have been visiting Governors Island since it first opened to the public on a strictly limited basis in 2003. I watched in amazement as the island exploded in popularity over the next twelve years. As the island was renovated all of New York came to embrace Governors Island and appreciate what it means as a park and historic landmark.

This will be the first guidebook written about the island. It follows the work my friend Janice Taylor and I started in 2010 with the first iPhone app for Governors Island. As the island changed since the app came out, I worked on updates and collecting material for the new book.

I will continue to maintain my Governors Island blog that began in 2010, as well as a new Twitter feed, @GovIslandGuide.

Since I am a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide as well as a published author, I will be writing a book that I believe will be informative, educational, researched, and most importantly, useful.

If you have questions about the book, please drop me a note.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has written and edited seven books with ties to New York history, including "The Governors Island Explorer's Guide" and "World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War." Kevin is a licensed sightseeing guide and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He resides in Manhattan.