App is Available for Download

Screenshot of the map on the Governors Island Explorer's Guide app.

We are very happy to announce today that our app The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide was approved by Apple and is now in the iTunes store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. We are working on a release for Android devices now.

The timing is perfect: The island opens this Friday for visitors.

This is the first and only app about Governors Island locations, history and detailed visitor information. The app is a guide that tells you where all the locations and amenities are on the island; using the Google API we have listed more than 80 spots. It has landmarks, bathroom locations and historic sites. There are more than 100 photos and an interactive map that shows you where you are on the 172-acre island.

When I was researching the content for the app, I went to a lot of sources. It was really the New York history books and military records, the old newspaper archives and historical architecture reports that helped me. I went to the New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, the main branch of the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum. Plus, I’ve been going out there regularly since 2005 and feel like I was stationed there! There is such a rich history about Governors Island that it can’t all fit in the app; I’ll put some on the web site.

Janice Garingo did all of the design and development, and the app would never have been completed without her hard work. Janice did a fantastic job on the app. It turned out so well.

I’m a huge supporter of the National Park Service and the Trust For Governors Island, the two entities that run the island. Without them none of us would be able to enjoy Governors Island; their hard work and dedication to the island gets a thousand thank-yous from us. We hope this app will let more people explore and learn more about the island.

I hope anyone that loves to visit Governors Island, as well as first-time visitors, will check out and download our app. If you have any comments or questions, just let me know.

Splash Page
Screenshot of the splash page on the Governors Island Explorer's Guide app.
History Page
Screenshot of one of the history pages on the Governors Island Explorer's Guide app.
Army Home
Screenshot of one of the location pages on the Governors Island Explorer's Guide app.
Screenshot of the map filter on the Governors Island Explorer's Guide app.

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.