Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor in New York City. It's one of New York's lesser known tourist sites but that is quickly changing. Governors Island is located 800 yards south of Manhattan, and just 400 yards west of the shores of Brooklyn. This island is small but has big history. It first served as a military post during the American Revolution. From 1783 to 1966, the island was operated by the United States Army mainly as a training facility. In 1966 it became a United States Coast Guard installation until the island was decommissioned as a military base in 1996. Since then the island has been jointly controlled by the National Park Service and a non-profit called the Trust for Governors Island.
The National Park Service administers two former military fortifications on the north side of the island named Fort Jay and Castle Williams. The Trust for Governors Island maintains the remainder of the island which includes 52 historic buildings, abandon military housing, food trucks, art exhibits, and large green spaces. The island is now open to the public from May to September and has become a major tourist attraction. I recently traveled to the island and took some photos of the historic sites and more recently added sections of the park. Enjoy!