Governors Island

island in the United States of America

Governors Island is a 172-acre (70 ha) island that lies on the Upper New York Bay, about one-half mile (1 km) from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and away from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel. It is legally part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

Governors Island
Noten Eylandt (Nutten Island)
Governors Island viewed from One World Observatory
Location in New York City
  • "Paggank" and "Noten Eylandt" from nut trees
  • "Governors Island" from New York colonial governors
LocationNew York Harbor
Coordinates40°41′29″N 74°0′58″W / 40.69139°N 74.01611°W / 40.69139; -74.01611
Area172 acres (70 ha)
Highest elevation70 ft (21 m)
Highest pointOutlook Hill
StateNew York
CityNew York City
Population0[1] (2010)
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)
ZIP code10004
Official websiteThe Trust for Governors Island website
The Governors Island National Monument website
Governors Island
NYC Landmark
LocationNew York City, New York, U.S.
Coordinates40°41′29″N 74°0′58″W / 40.69139°N 74.01611°W / 40.69139; -74.01611Coordinates: 40°41′29″N 74°0′58″W / 40.69139°N 74.01611°W / 40.69139; -74.01611
Area172 acres (70 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Greek Revival
Visitation800,000 (2018)
NRHP reference No.85002435
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 4, 1985[2]
Designated NHLFebruary 4, 1985
Designated NMONJanuary 19, 2001
Designated NYCLJune 18, 1996

Governors Island was a military base for over three hundred years. Fort Jay is the largest fort there. The island was made bigger by about 82 acres (33 ha) of landfill on its southern side when the first New York City Subway was excavated in the early 20th century.

References change

  1. "2010 Census Tracts, Manhattan Community District 1" (PDF). New York City Department of City Planning.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.