Governors Island National
10 South Street - Slip 7
New York, NY 10004-1900
Explore the Silent Sentinel in
New York Harbor
For more than two centuries, the military
communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate
social, political and economic tapestry that is New York City. From
1776-1996, Governors Island stood as a silent sentinel in New York
Harbor, and provided protection of the ideals represented by the
Statue of Liberty across the Bay. We invite you to explore the
Island's history as it evolved from colonial outpost to regional
administrative center for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard.
Governors Island is a 10-minute ferry ride
from Lower Manhattan.
The Governors Island Ferry is located in the
Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7.
Governors Island lies a few hundred yards off
the southern tip of Manhattan, at the confluence of the Hudson and
East Rivers in New York Harbor. The island�s fortifications �
Fort Jay and Castle Williams � served as an early outpost to
protect New York City from enemy naval attack and were an integral
part of a larger coastal defense network.
Fort Jay and Castle Williams were erected
between 1796 and 1811 as part of the First and Second American
Systems of Fortification and are among the finest examples of
defensive structures in use from the Renaissance to the American
Civil War. They sit within a larger National Historic Landmark
District and are surrounded by unparalleled views of the harbor and
New York City skyline.
Governors Island was the command headquarters
and military post for the United States Army from 1794 until 1966.
For the next 30 years, it was the U.S. Coast Guard�s largest and
most complex installation.
In 2003, the island was sold and transferred
to two parties: 22 acres, designated as the Governors Island
National Monument, to the Secretary of the Interior, and managed by
the National Park Service; and 150 acres to the Governors Island
Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) , a corporation
formed jointly by the State and City of New York. Today, city, state
and federal agencies are in the planning stages of converting this
former military installation into new public parkland and a
spectacular destination in New York Harbor.
At this time, Governors Island is open to the
public on a seasonal basis. Public services and facilities are very
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