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Excellent review. Yeah, it's still very much a work in progress, (with years of construction ahead). But with what they've done so far easily makes it a must destination for city dwellers. As excited as I am about all of the skyscraper development around the city, I am as equally or more excited about the city's reclamation of its waterfronts. It is a city in and on the water, probably one of the most water friendly cities on earth. It should be a waterfront paradise, and with many of the new parks being built and planned, combined with the city's beaches, you could say the waterfront is the city's best asset. It's time it was given back to the public.


Agree completely. This, The Hudson River park, Four Freedoms Park, Brooklyn waterfront... It took a couple hundred years but this city is finally starting to embrace its edges, to its own immense benefit. It is a much better place to live for these riverfront developments compared to ten years ago. And I can only imagine how great it will be in another ten.
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I walked the perimeter of that island almost every night for 8 months back in 80/81. I never saw anybody else doing it the whole time.
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Governors Island will get a new camping experience this season
Collective Retreats will bring “overnight lodging” to the island





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If you’ve ever wanted to go camping on Governors Island, then you’re in luck: The Trust for Governors Island, the nonprofit that operates the national park, announced today that it’s partnering with glamping company Collective Retreats to bring an “environmentally-friendly overnight lodging retreat” to the island.

The camping experience—a press release is careful to not use the word glamping—kicks off on May 1, when the island opens for the 2018 season, and will go through October 31. Known as Collective Governors Island, the campground will have individual sleeping areas for up to 100 people; rates will begin at $125/night on weekends, and $75/night during the week.
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City moves ahead with plans to rezone Governors Island: Plan could make way for 4.5M sf of development

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The city is moving forward with plans to make way for 4.5 million square feet of development on Governors Island.

The Trust for Governors Island held its first meeting this week to discuss rezoning part of the island for commercial real estate development, Crain’s reported. Though the island is zoned for residential use, a 2003 agreement with the federal government prevents the city from building housing. A 2010 masterplan for the island set aside 33 acres for future development, and paved the way for 43 acres of new parkland that was completed last year.

The trust is seeking to rezone part of the island to allow a variety of buildings, including hotels, dorms and offices. Most of the structures will rise between 75 to 125 feet tall, though some dorms and hotels could reach 300 feet high. Some of the office buildings might feature 100,000-square-foot floor plates.

“That’s a building type you don’t really get in Manhattan,” said Michael Samuelian, who was tapped to head the trust in 2016. “But it could be very valuable for the types of tenants we are trying to attract.”
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City studying gondolas for Governor’s Island transit option ahead of planned new development

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Among a growing chorus of futuristic transportation suggestions meant to meet the city’s exploding need to get from point A to point B, Crain’s reports that the city’s Economic Development Corp. is studying a gondola that would operate from lower Manhattan to Governors Island. Though the idea has been proposed before, anticipation of a planned redevelopment project on the 172-acre island has fostered a new urgency.


The Trust for Governors Island is planning a rezoning strategy for the former military base which involves allowing 4.5 million square feet of ground-up commercial development, which would necessitate getting future workers on and off the island. Similar to the East River Skyway proposal which would transport passengers across the East River to ease the inconvenience of the impending L train shutdown, the gondola would shuttle commuters across the New York Harbor. Engineering firm AECOM has been hired to study the feasibility of running the aerial shuttle between the two islands, according to sources.



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City studying Governors Island gondola—again
Economic Development Corp. looking at transit options ahead of new commercial development



March 30, 2018
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The Economic Development Corp. has hired engineering firm AECOM to look at the feasibility of running a line between the two islands, according to several sources aware of the selection. The idea has been proposed before, but reexamining an aerial transport system is likely in anticipation of big changes at the 172-acre outpost.

The Trust for Governors Island is working on a rezoning for two sections of the former military base. The plan is to allow 4.5 million square feet of ground-up commercial development, and the city is likely exploring different ways of getting future workers on and off the island.
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We're finally getting down to the real development on the island, that will open the door to the island being open year round like the rest of the city.


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Pay to play: Governors Island Trust wants to develop park to pay bills

September 12, 2018
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The city wants to transform Governors Island into an education, research, and hospitality hub, and is seeking Council permission to lease out more than 30-acres of seaside property in a bid to pay the island park’s increasingly pricey operating fees, according to the isle’s head honcho.

“Our goal is to be financially self-sufficient,” said Michael Samuelian, president of the Trust for Governors Island.

The Trust for Governors Island — a non-profit organization steered largely by Mayor de Blasio appointees — has worked to transform the 172-acre former U.S. Coast Guard base into an idyllic playland for New Yorkers since the city takeover in 2010, and the trust presided over the opening of more than 30 acres of parkland and public spaces in 2014, in addition to a series of highly vaunted, landscaped hills rising more than 70 feet above sea level in 2016.

But the snazzy island greenspace doesn’t pay for itself, and taxpayers are currently paying the lion’s share of a $20-million budget that only accounts for a 6-month season, which the trust hopes to expand into a year-round operation that will see costs likely double, according to Samuelian.
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In an effort to relieve tax payers — as well as entertain them — the trust is pursuing a scheme to redevelop some 4.5 million square feet of land along the island’s southern coast, while working within the confines of a federal deed restriction that prevents the construction of purely residential buildings, such as condominiums.

Instead, the island’s stewards envision a scholarly application for its relatively virgin coast, and is preparing to begin the public review process for a rezoning that would permit the construction of research and lab spaces, and academic institutions complimented by dorm rooms and faculty housing, which are permitted under the residential deed restrictions.

The trust — which controls 150 acres of the island — is also pursuing a secondary use for the development space for use as hotels, a conference center, and privately operated recreation facilities, which in the area surrounding Yankee Piers could rise up to 300 feet tall.

The upcoming redevelopment push follows a 2013 rezoning that will allow the reuse of 1.35 million square feet of 50 existing historic buildings located on the north-side of the island, all or most of which will be rented out by the trust for office and classroom use, or housing for students.
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The trust is currently gearing up to compile an environmental impact statement in advance of a public review process expected to begin in March next year. Representatives will be meeting with members of Community Board 1 on Sept. 13, and hosting a public scoping hearing at the Battery Maritime Building on Sept. 26, where locals will have an opportunity to testify and voice any concerns they have about the project.

If all goes according to plan, City Council will vote on the rezoning before the end of 2019, and, if approved, the trust will begin issuing requests for proposals in 2020.



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New York plans massive mixed-use development for Governors Island




By SYDNEY FRANKLIN
August 30, 2018


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Crain’s New York reported that City Hall will hold a public hearing next month on its plans to rezone the island’s former military base to make way for a proposed 4.5 million-square-foot, mixed-used development. Mayor de Blasio’s office posted a notice last week about the hearing, which will be the first step in an environmental review process for the project.

Aiming to attract a combination of tech and life-science firms, educational institutions, dormitories, as well as a convention center and hotel, the city wants to build out the development as a way to enhance exposure for Governors Island. The 172-acre landmass currently functions as a leisurely getaway for urbanites to enjoy during the summer. Though city-owned, it’s managed and maintained by the Trust for Governors Island. The new development, which would be constructed on the south side of the island, would help annually fund the costs of the island’s 43-acre park.
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With this proposal, it seems the city wants to piggyback off the success of Roosevelt Island’s Cornell Tech campus and bring those small island–big money vibes south of Manhattan. Plus, space for ground-up construction in New York is limited and Governors Island remains one of the more barren sites in town.

Any new facilities part of the proposal would be built on two plots of land currently zoned for residential development. The problem is that residential construction has long been prohibited on Governors Island, which is why the city wants to first rezone the land before bringing businesses on board. After an extensive public review process beginning with next month’s meeting, City Council is expected to vote on the proposal in fall 2019. If passed, the rezoning would allow low-rise commercial structures to be built on the site as well as proposed dorms and hotel properties that could potentially rise as high as 300 feet.

Crain’s also noted that the city has already commissioned a second ferry to take construction workers out to the site. But that won’t be enough to transport future commuters to and from the development, even in combination with an expanded East River Ferry service. That’s why the Economic Development Corporation is in talks to put a gondola between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island, further mimicking the layout of Roosevelt Island, which is reachable via a gondola and the F train.

The mixed-use development planned for Governors Island is reminiscent of the education and innovation hub found at Roosevelt Island’s Cornell Tech campus. (Iwan Baan)

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If that AECOM Red Hook vision ever becomes a real endeavor, their proposed 1 train extension should make every effort to make a stop at the island, if it is at all possible.
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If that AECOM Red Hook vision ever becomes a real endeavor, their proposed 1 train extension should make every effort to make a stop at the island, if it is at all possible.
That would be a big game changer. Even Roosevelt Island has a subway stop now. I think the gondola should also go to Brooklyn Bridge Park, linking the two parks and creating a continuous greenway from the harbor up the river.
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^Right, but imo the gondola should be more of a recreational thing, for the views and experience. The movement of hoards to the island should ideally be handled by a 1/9 train station.
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^Right, but imo the gondola should be more of a recreational thing, for the views and experience. The movement of hoards to the island should ideally be handled by a 1/9 train station.
Most definitely, but the gondola is something that can happen quickly, whereas the subway, even if planned, would take forever to get built. I think ferry service should be more frequent, say every 10 minutes as opposed to every 30 minutes that it is now. I went to one of the outdoor screenings friday night, and there was the issue of getting to the ferry before waiting for the next one, which I ended up doing anyway.
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