“a silent sentinel in New York Harbor”
Governors Island National Monument is a silent sentinel in New York Harbor. From 1776 to 1996, the military communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate social, political, and economic tapestry that is New York City and provided protection of the ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty across the Bay. 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 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. Governors Island was a military post and later a major command headquarters United States Army from 1794 until 1966. For the next 30 years, it was home to Atlantic Area Command, the U.S. Coast Guard's largest and most complex installation in the world. In 2003, the island was sold and transferred to two parties: 22 acres, designated as the Governors Island National Monument and administered by the National Park Service; and 150 acres is administered by The Trust for Governors Island. Today, city and federal agencies are planning the future of this former military installation into new public parkland and a spectacular destination in New York Harbor.
Governor's Island National Monument is a landmark with a great history.
Located at a hilly grassed area, it stands as a soldier protecting its surroundings.
Very educating tour, the guides were very helpful and answered to all the questions raised while being there.
Good place for photographers as well.
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Governors Island National Monument
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