Governors Island is New York’s greatest new park. Now it has its own guide book. The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide was published by Globe Pequot Press on February 15, 2016. The book is part of the “Historical Tours” series. It is 144 pages and available in softcover and ebook. It is lavishly illustrated with eight maps, 100+ photos, and artwork.
The book is distributed through National Book Network and orders can be placed through them. Eastern National distributes the book in the bookstore on Governors Island. It can be found in bookstores, all online retailers, and special orders from any bookstore. More ordering information is below.
For many, going to Governors Island is a bit of a mystery. By writing this book, I hope to provide a guide that can be used by everyone. It includes just about every building on the island, as well as the complete history of Governors Island dating to the pre-colonial era,
Table of Contents
Tour 1: Castle Williams and Army Garrison Life
Tour 2: Fort Jay and the New York Arsenal
Tour 3: Nolan Park and Officer Homes
Tour 4: The South Island and the Hills
Tour 5: Bicycle Tour Loop
There are detailed maps exclusively created for the book, along with the GPS locations of all of the spots in the book. It has a special section devoted to the new development on the Island, The Hills.
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 is the first (and only) guide book written just 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. Since I am a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide as well as a published author, I wrote a book that I believe will be informative, educational, researched, and most importantly, useful.
ISBN: 978-1-4930-1966-3 (softcover)
If you have questions about the book, please drop me a note.