• Features

    National Park Service Hosts Civil War Weekend Aug. 8-9

    We are happy to report the Governors Island National Monument will be hosting the annual Civil War Weekend August 8 and 9 this month. The island fills with scores of living history enthusiasts that bring the 1860s to the park. The National Park Service and volunteers are joined by dozens of Civil War re-enactors in uniform. See camp life, watch cannon and rifle demonstrations, and learn about the history of Governors Island when it was an important Army post. All of the activities are centered around the National Monument at Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and the Soldiers Camp nearby. Free tours of Fort Jay and Castle Williams are offered. For…

  • Michael Arenella

    Full 2013 Island Schedule Announced

    The Trust for Governors Island today announced the wide range of festivals, events and performances in its 2013 public access season. Programming will take place throughout the Island’s Historic District. Ferries will once again bring visitors from Manhattan and Brooklyn and visitors can also take the East River Ferry to the Island. Governors Island is open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) from May 25 through September 29. New exhibitions and programs include WW II & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, presented by the New York Historical Society, which will paint a vivid picture of life in war-mobilized New York through photographs, posters and a Victory Garden. In conjunction with the…

  • News

    South Island Field Will Be Busy in 2011

    South Island Field is the biggest open space on Governors Island, at more than 22 acres. It’s the area that is closed to the public except for large events. This summer will be the busiest time ever for South Island Field. I was predicting that the island will break the half-million visitor mark (in 2010 it hit 443,000 visitors); now I’m thinking the attendance record will be broken before Labor Day. Here are some things happening on South Island Field. Polo is back again. According to Amy (New York’s best blogger over at Newyorkology), the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will be back on June 5. The last 2 years HRH…