May­or Adams Announces New Expan­sion Plan for Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island

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Photo courtesy of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

New York City May­or Eric Adams today announced new plans to expand the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island. Dou­bling the school’s foot­print from two to four build­ings — includ­ing one that will be new­ly con­struct­ed — the plan will bring addi­tion­al class­room space and new facil­i­ties, includ­ing a pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab space to sup­port the school’s unique mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal cur­ricu­lum. The plan is the prod­uct of a part­ner­ship between the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island, the New York City Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion (DOE), and the New York City School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty (SCA).

For many New York­ers, Gov­er­nors Island is a place to get away over the week­end. And for so many oth­ers, it is a place to learn about our world or pre­pare our city for the threats of cli­mate change,” said May­or Adams. This project will give our young peo­ple the best of all worlds: a holis­tic, high-qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion, brand new facil­i­ties to help stu­dents learn, and access to one of our city’s gems where nature tru­ly is the classroom.”

The Urban Assem­bly Har­bor School expan­sion will pro­vide our youth with brand-new facil­i­ties, a unique learn­ing envi­ron­ment, and expo­sure to a city trea­sure in Gov­er­nors Island,” said First Deputy May­or Lor­raine Gril­lo. Thank you, May­or Adams, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, and all the city and com­mu­ni­ty stake­hold­ers for mak­ing this project possible.”

Gov­er­nors Island has proven itself to be a recre­ation­al, cul­tur­al, and edu­ca­tion­al resource for over a decade in part­ner­ship with the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria Tor­res-Springer. We know the excep­tion­al stu­dents at the Har­bor School have bright futures, and I am excit­ed to see all they can accom­plish with state-of-the-art expand­ed space and resources.”

Expan­sion plans announced today include the con­struc­tion of a new, state-of-the-art facil­i­ty locat­ed on a site with­in the Island’s West­ern Devel­op­ment Zone. The new facil­i­ty will house a com­pe­ti­tion-sized pool to sup­port the school’s unique water-depen­dent mar­itime pro­grams, a new gym­na­si­um, and expand­ed lab­o­ra­to­ry space ded­i­cat­ed to career-tech­ni­cal train­ing and research. The new facil­i­ty will be the first new con­struc­tion build­ing locat­ed with­in a devel­op­ment zone on Gov­er­nors Island since its trans­fer from fed­er­al to local con­trol and will be a key com­po­nent of the trust’s planned mul­ti-ten­ant Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions. The con­struc­tion of the new pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab­o­ra­to­ry facil­i­ty will demon­strate bold sus­tain­able and resilient design as out­lined in the trust’s goals for the Cli­mate Cen­ter and the island’s over­all transformation. 

The School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty will also ren­o­vate Build­ing 555 — a des­ig­nat­ed land­mark build­ing orig­i­nal­ly con­struct­ed in 1938 as fam­i­ly hous­ing by the Unit­ed States Army — to sup­port 32,000 square feet of addi­tion­al class­room space. Both projects will expand the Har­bor School’s facil­i­ties on Gov­er­nors Island from two build­ings to four. The over­all expan­sion project includes cap­i­tal fund­ing sup­port from the New York City Coun­cil and the Man­hat­tan Bor­ough President’s Office.

The first year-round ten­ant on Gov­er­nors Island since its trans­fer from fed­er­al to local con­trol in 2003, the mis­sion of the Har­bor School — a DOE pub­lic high school — is to pro­vide a col­lege-prepara­to­ry edu­ca­tion built upon New York City’s mar­itime expe­ri­ence with a focus on envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. With its part­ners — includ­ing the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project — the school devel­ops authen­tic activ­i­ties for its stu­dents on, around, and relat­ed to the water that cre­ates a sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty to the New York Har­bor and devel­op a new gen­er­a­tion of mar­itime advo­cates, enthu­si­asts, work­ers, and deci­sion-mak­ers. The Har­bor School cur­rent­ly occu­pies near­ly 80,000 square feet across two build­ings locat­ed with­in the Gov­er­nors Island His­toric Dis­trict, includ­ing Build­ing 550 and the Marine and Sci­ence Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­ter, which sup­ports the school’s water depen­dent activity. 

The expan­sion of the Har­bor School comes at a trans­for­ma­tion­al moment as the trust moves for­ward, with plans to devel­op a Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, which will expand part­ner­ship, learn­ing and train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents on Gov­er­nors Island. The trust is cur­rent­ly in the process of attract­ing an anchor edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tion as part of the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive designed to fur­ther New York City as a glob­al leader in efforts to respond to the cli­mate cri­sis. A key part of May­or Eric Adams’ Blue­print for New York City’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery, the project will sup­port the research, devel­op­ment, and demon­stra­tion of equi­table cli­mate solu­tions for New York City — that can be scaled and applied globally.

The Urban Assem­bly Har­bor School is an incred­i­ble exam­ple of how a school’s cam­pus and facil­i­ties can help mold our stu­dents’ pas­sions, inter­ests, and, ulti­mate­ly, their path to eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty. Most impor­tant­ly, we lis­tened to and heard from the stu­dents, edu­ca­tors, and fam­i­lies of the Har­bor School, who advo­cat­ed for these facil­i­ty invest­ments,” said DOE Chan­cel­lor David C. Banks. I look for­ward to the impact that these new and sus­tain­able facil­i­ties, includ­ing a new pool, gym­na­si­um, and lab­o­ra­to­ry, will have on this unique school com­mu­ni­ty, and thank the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island for their con­tin­ued partnership.”

For over a decade, the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School has uti­lized Gov­er­nors Island and New York Har­bor as a liv­ing class­room, where stu­dents from across the five bor­oughs receive career train­ing in mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal fields and are empow­ered to take action in the face of cli­mate change, and today’s announce­ment of an expand­ed cam­pus means more stu­dents than ever will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence its unique cur­ricu­lum,” said Clare New­man, pres­i­dent and CEO, Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We’re hon­ored to have worked with May­or Eric Adams, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, Schools Chan­cel­lor David Banks, and the Har­bor School com­mu­ni­ty to devel­op new state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­to­ry and aquat­ic facil­i­ties here on Gov­er­nors Island, where stu­dents will gain expo­sure to real-world train­ing for jobs in the mar­itime, cli­mate, and the envi­ron­men­tal fields.”

I am thrilled that the SCA will be able to improve and expand upon our orig­i­nal plans for the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School,” said SCA pres­i­dent and CEO Nina Kub­o­ta. The col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between the SCA, DOE, and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island has led to this ter­rif­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty for the school’s unique mar­itime pro­gram­ming to serve even more New York City stu­dents as well as an addi­tion­al resource for the community.”

The expan­sion of Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School brings to life our chancellor’s vision of reimag­in­ing the stu­dent learn­ing expe­ri­ence,” said Fred Walsh, high school super­in­ten­dent for CUNY and the Urban Assem­bly, DOE. We are thrilled about the plan to expand and improve the school’s facil­i­ties, which will ulti­mate­ly expand oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents across the city. Stu­dents who attend the Har­bor School engage in a wide range of mar­itime- and marine sci­ence-focused career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion (CTE) pro­grams and work-based learn­ing, lead­ing to indus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and prepar­ing them for suc­cess­ful expe­ri­ence in col­lege or a career of their choice. As our world changes and the need for cli­mate change solu­tions evolves, this expan­sion will enrich the lives of count­less stu­dents, while prepar­ing future grad­u­ates to be at the fore­front of the field and enter the work­force pre­pared to lead. We look for­ward to see­ing the impact the expan­sion has on all of the stu­dents and fam­i­lies who join the Har­bor School Community.”

I am proud to have long cham­pi­oned Gov­er­nors Island; it is tru­ly one of our city’s hid­den gems,” said U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jer­ry Nadler. I have long sup­port­ed the Har­bor School on Gov­er­nors Island. I believe that its edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion is so impor­tant today, which is why after many years of advo­ca­cy it is great news that the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the city are final­ly announc­ing an expan­sion of the school and build­ing, a much-need­ed pool, gym­na­si­um, and new sci­ence labs.”

The New York Har­bor School’s CTE pro­gram is one of the most unique in the city, and because of that, care­ful con­sid­er­a­tions must be made when devel­op­ing a space that is intend­ed to be of opti­mal ser­vice to the school com­mu­ni­ty there,” said Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Mark Levine. I am extreme­ly pleased to see that SCA is act­ing on those con­sid­er­a­tions and cen­ter­ing equi­ty as it relates to a school whose mis­sion is to pro­vide robust, unique, on-water expe­ri­ences for their stu­dents and offer path­ways into mar­itime careers.”

I am thrilled that the Har­bor School will be expand­ing its facil­i­ties and that they will final­ly get their long-await­ed swim­ming pool and gym­na­si­um,” said New York State Sen­a­tor Bri­an Kavanagh. For near­ly twen­ty years, the Har­bor School has offered unique edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties to a diverse stu­dent body. Learn­ing marine biol­o­gy, sail­ing, and oth­er water­craft skills, and col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, all pre­pare stu­dents for careers engag­ing with and being good stew­ards of our nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment — and serv­ing Gov­er­nors Island, the har­bor, and New York. The aquat­ic cen­ter will allow stu­dents to take full advan­tage of the school’s mar­itime-themed aca­d­e­mics. I am glad that the expan­sion includes addi­tion­al class­room space, giv­ing more stu­dents the chance to expe­ri­ence this excep­tion­al edu­ca­tion on Gov­er­nors Island. Thank you to the trust, the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty, Prin­ci­pal Jeff Che­tirko, the Har­bor School PTA, the stu­dents, Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1, and all of the ded­i­cat­ed advo­cates who helped make this possible.”

I am excit­ed to see that after years of advo­ca­cy from par­ents, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, and elect­ed offi­cials, Har­bor School is final­ly get­ting the resources it deserves,” said New York State Assem­bly­mem­ber Yuh-Line Niou. It is vital that we sup­port our CTE pro­grams and that we increase access to spe­cial­ized resources and oth­er facil­i­ties for our stu­dents. This pro­pos­al does both, and I am proud to have advo­cat­ed for these projects.”

Since tak­ing office, we have been work­ing with the Har­bor School staff and par­ents to advo­cate for a full-sized com­pet­i­tive pool for their stu­dents,” said New York City Coun­cilmem­ber Christo­pher Marte. We are so excit­ed that the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty has heard our call and com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an incred­i­ble facil­i­ty for one of our district’s most unique pub­lic high schools. Har­bor School stu­dents have unique oppor­tu­ni­ties to grad­u­ate high school with skills that make them unique­ly qual­i­fied to work green jobs and with our water­ways. How­ev­er, the lack of access to a com­pet­i­tive-sized swim­ming pool has left a sig­nif­i­cant gap in this edu­ca­tion. The addi­tion of this pool shows the pow­er of com­mu­ni­ty activism and the will­ing­ness of the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty to work with par­ents and staff.”

CB1 is thrilled that the Har­bor School will final­ly have their long-await­ed aquat­ics cen­ter on Gov­er­nors Island,” said Tri­cia Joyce, chair­per­son, Youth and Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, Man­hat­tan Com­mu­ni­ty Board 1 (CB1). The School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island respond­ed to PTA and com­mu­ni­ty feed­back to find a solu­tion, and the loca­tion and design of the new build­ing will make this spe­cial pro­gram for envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and mar­itime careers on the water whole at last. We thank our elect­ed offi­cials for their tire­less sup­port of edu­ca­tion in Com­mu­ni­ty Dis­trict 1.”

We are thrilled and excit­ed that the New York Har­bor School’s long quest for an aquat­ics cen­ter and gym will final­ly have a facil­i­ty empow­er­ing suc­cess for this spe­cial pro­gram of envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and mar­itime careers in our city on the water,” said Nan Richard­son, chair, SEA com­mit­tee; and Amy Koza, PTA pres­i­dent, New York Har­bor School. Grat­i­tude to the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and to the chan­cel­lor for their com­mit­ment to a vision­ary future of edu­ca­tion, as well as to Con­gress­man Nadler, Coun­cilmem­ber Marte, Sen­a­tor Kavanagh, Assem­bly­mem­ber Fall, Assem­bly­mem­ber Niou, and Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Levine for their unflag­ging sup­port and belief in inno­v­a­tive learn­ing. Every sin­gle fam­i­ly and friend of Har­bor School past, present, and future, will be joy­ous at this news.”

The Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School com­mu­ni­ty great­ly appre­ci­ates the sup­port of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the School Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty for pro­vid­ing our pub­lic school the nec­es­sary tools to meet the require­ments of our sev­en career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion path­ways,” said Jef­frey Che­tirko, prin­ci­pal, The Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School. This invest­ment will ensure greater oppor­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare our stu­dents to pur­sue careers in the blue and green economies of the future and con­tin­ue to appre­ci­ate and pro­tect our city’s great­est nat­ur­al resources, New York Har­bor and Gov­er­nors Island. These resources will cre­ate equi­table facil­i­ties, allow­ing New York City stu­dents to learn to swim, space for phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion, and state-of-the-art facil­i­ties that will sup­port the envi­ron­men­tal work we do with the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project.”

The Urban Assembly’s abil­i­ty to pro­vide robust work-based learn­ing and career path­ways in the mar­itime indus­try has been strength­ened by this expan­sion,” said David Adams, CEO, The Urban Assem­bly. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the work of devel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of stew­ards and lead­ers of the New York Harbor.”

The New York Har­bor School pro­vides fan­tas­tic, hands-on, place based edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents that are depen­dent on its loca­tion, on Gov­er­nors Island, in the cen­ter of New York Har­bor. This invest­ment by the City and the Trust for Gov­er­nor’s Island is a tes­ta­ment to over a decade of excel­lent instruc­tion and unique and excit­ing learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. All of us at Bil­lion Oys­ter Project are thrilled to see Har­bor School expand and final­ly have con­ve­nient access to a pool for dive and swim train­ing as well as much need­ed lab spaces for expand­ing Career and Tech­ni­cal Edu­ca­tion,” said Pete Mali­nows­ki, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project. 

Chap­ter One of The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest” Open Now in Times Square

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Photo by Michael Hull for Times Square Arts

In July 2022, Gov­er­nors Island Arts, Times Square Arts, and Cre­ative Time joint­ly announced the first pub­lic art exhi­bi­tion by Charles Gaines, The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest. This sweep­ing instal­la­tion will take place in three parts in three dif­fer­ent loca­tions over the course of three years — ­­Times Square, Gov­er­nors Island, and Cincinnati.

Chap­ter One debuted on July 13 in Times Square with two per­for­mances of Gaines’ Man­i­festos 4: The Dred and Har­ri­et Scott Deci­sion. The per­for­mance was a musi­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal text of the 1857 U.S. Supreme Court case of Dred Scott vs. San­ford, and was per­formed with a wood­wind quin­tet, piano, and tenor. The per­for­mance built upon the artist’s Man­i­festos series, in which Gaines dis­arms and draws upon his­tor­i­cal texts, unit­ing the ratio­nal, math­e­mat­i­cal, and lyri­cal struc­tures of music with the irra­tional­i­ty of vio­lence, racial ten­sions, and social injustice. 

Read the text fea­tured in the per­for­mance here, and read the full speech by Fred­er­ick Dou­glass in response to the deci­sion — which was sung by tenor Dar­i­an Clonts as the final part of each per­for­mance—here.

Roots, Chap­ter One’s sculp­tur­al instal­la­tion, also opened on July 13, and will be on view in Times Square through Sep­tem­ber 23. It fea­tures sev­en paint­ed Amer­i­can Sweet­gum trees, which his­tor­i­cal­ly grew in what is now Times Square, with their roots up to give the piece a sur­re­al and dystopi­an feel. 

Look­ing ahead, Chap­ter Two of The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest will come to Gov­er­nors Island in Octo­ber 2022. Locat­ed at the base of Out­look Hill, Mov­ing Chains will fea­ture a large kinet­ic sculp­ture instal­la­tion com­posed of nine chains. Eight of the chains will be move at the pace of New York Harbor’s cur­rents, while the ninth will move at the speed of the many ships that have passed through the har­bor through­out his­to­ry. Mov­ing Chains illu­mi­nates the exchange of peo­ple, cap­i­tal, and goods cycling between the north and south that made up the slave trade, while call­ing atten­tion to the polit­i­cal, judi­cial, and eco­nom­ic oper­a­tions estab­lished in this country’s foun­da­tion­al finan­cial sys­tem. Chap­ter Two will also include free pub­lic pro­gram­ming on Gov­er­nors Island relat­ed to the piece, stay tuned for announce­ments and updates. 

Click here to learn more about The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest.

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies Launch New Dig­i­tal Guide to Enrich Vis­i­tor Experience

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The new guide to Governors Island will feature information on Governors Island Arts public art commissions, like Rachel Whitread’s Cabin, pictured here. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Today, the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island launched a new, dig­i­tal guide on Bloomberg Con­nects, the free arts and cul­tur­al app cre­at­ed by Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies. The Bloomberg Con­nects app helps to expand Gov­er­nors Island’s acces­si­bil­i­ty for both onsite and off­site vis­its through mul­ti­me­dia fea­tures offer­ing insights into this unique land­mark in New York Harbor. 

New York City is back, and we are spread­ing the word,” said New York City May­or Eric Adams. Gov­er­nors Island is one of the real gems of our city, and this new dig­i­tal guide on the Bloomberg Con­nects app will help us share this great asset and all our city has to offer with more New York­ers and visitors.”

We are excit­ed to part­ner with Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies to launch of this new dig­i­tal guide to Gov­er­nors Island,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Island vis­i­tors far and wide will be able to deep­en their expe­ri­ence by explor­ing this acces­si­ble library of infor­ma­tion on our trans­for­ma­tive arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, recre­ation­al activ­i­ties and ameni­ties, his­toric build­ings, and more.” 

The new guide fea­tures in depth infor­ma­tion to enrich vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence on Gov­er­nors Island, with sec­tions that include pop­u­lar things to do and free recre­ation activ­i­ties along with a detailed map allow­ing vis­i­tors to nav­i­gate the Island dur­ing their vis­it. In addi­tion, Gov­er­nors Island Arts — the pub­lic arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram pre­sent­ed by the Trust — fea­tures heav­i­ly in the guide, with detailed sec­tions on pub­lic art com­mis­sions dat­ing back to 2014, infor­ma­tion on the two dozen sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence in Nolan Park and Colonels Row, and fea­tures on upcom­ing events and free pro­grams. Vis­i­tors will also be able to fur­ther explore Gov­er­nors Island’s his­toric build­ings through the app, with a vir­tu­al exhib­it on the His­toric Dis­trict illu­mi­nat­ing the Island’s archi­tec­tur­al history. 

Help­ing more peo­ple enjoy all that Gov­er­nors Island has to offer is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the work that the Bloomberg admin­is­tra­tion began 20 years ago, work­ing with our part­ners to trans­form an untapped trea­sure into one of the world’s great parks,” said Patri­cia E. Har­ris, CEO of Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies. Our Bloomberg Con­nects app will allow any­one with a smart phone to nav­i­gate the island, learn its his­to­ry, and enjoy all the free recre­ation­al and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties that are hap­pen­ing. There’s nev­er been a bet­ter time to explore an island that keeps offer­ing new rea­sons to visit.”

Gov­er­nors Island is one of New York City’s most dynam­ic and fas­ci­nat­ing des­ti­na­tions — and now there is so much more to dis­cov­er here, thanks to the part­ner­ship with Bloomberg Con­nects,” said Mer­ritt Birn­baum, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. This new online tool brings to life the his­to­ry, art, cul­ture, recre­ation, and sci­ence in a con­ve­nient and acces­si­ble for­mat that will be a ter­rif­ic resource for vis­i­tors. The abil­i­ty to use the map fea­ture to enrich their expe­ri­ence as they nav­i­gate the pub­lic space will be a game-chang­er for exploration.”

The Bloomberg Con­nects app is avail­able for down­load from Google Play or the App Store. Vis­i­tors can down­load and explore on-site by con­nect­ing to free Gov­er­nors Island Wi-Fi. 

Bloomberg Con­nects offers free dig­i­tal guides to cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions around the world. The app plat­form is part of Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies’ long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing dig­i­tal inno­va­tion in the arts. Bloomberg Con­nects makes it easy to access and engage with arts and cul­ture from mobile devices when vis­it­ing in per­son, or any­time from any­where. With dynam­ic con­tent exclu­sive to each part­ner orga­ni­za­tion, the app pro­vides a range of fea­tures includ­ing video, audio, and text; expert com­men­tary; and way-find­ing maps. Fol­low Bloomberg Con­nects on Insta­gram, Face­book, and Twit­ter for updates on new guide launch­es, exhib­it high­lights, and more.

Gov­er­nors Island Arts to Launch Three-Day House Fest,’ Cel­e­brat­ing Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence on Gov­er­nors Island

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ArtCrawl Harlem in Colonels Row on Governors Island, one of more than a dozen Organizations in Residence that will present free workshops and open studios during Governors Island Arts’ House Fest August 5-7, 2022. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Gov­er­nors Island Arts announced today the launch of House Fest,’ a three-day fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the incred­i­ble range of works pre­sent­ed by the sea­son­al arts, cul­tur­al, edu­ca­tion­al, and envi­ron­men­tal Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence on Gov­er­nors Island. From August 5 to 7, 2022, Gov­er­nors Island Arts will bring togeth­er more than 15 cul­tur­al part­ners for a week­end-long cre­ative cel­e­bra­tion in the his­toric Nolan Park and Colonels Row areas on the Island, fea­tur­ing free dance and music per­for­mances, out­door instal­la­tions, inter­ac­tive work­shops, open stu­dios, pan­el dis­cus­sions, and more.

Gov­er­nors Island attracts New York­ers and inter­na­tion­al vis­i­tors alike with its wide-rang­ing Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence high­light­ing the arts, cul­ture, and the envi­ron­ment,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria-Tor­res Springer. This weekend’s cel­e­bra­tion of these unique orga­ni­za­tions will bring even more atten­tion to the edu­ca­tion­al and cul­tur­al gems in the heart of New York Harbor.”

Through Gov­er­nors Island Arts, we are thrilled to bring togeth­er a unique group of orga­ni­za­tions that ful­ly embod­ies the diverse cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty here in New York City,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. The sin­gu­lar envi­ron­ment of Gov­er­nors Island fos­ters a cul­tur­al expe­ri­ence like no oth­er, and I encour­age all New York­ers to come out and cel­e­brate with Gov­er­nors Island Arts at House Fest this August.” 

Each year, the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence acti­vate Nolan Park and Colonels Row with evoca­tive arts expe­ri­ences, and we are so excit­ed to cel­e­brate this cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty with the inau­gur­al House Fest,” said Juan Pablo Siles, Asso­ciate Cura­tor and Pro­duc­er at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Gov­er­nors Island Arts is priv­i­leged to have such a ded­i­cat­ed group of orga­ni­za­tions here on the Island col­lab­o­rat­ing to help bring trans­for­ma­tive, acces­si­ble pro­gram­ming to Island vis­i­tors and all New Yorkers.”

House Fest will invite col­lab­o­ra­tion between Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ two dozen sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence and a diverse ros­ter of chore­o­g­ra­phers and per­form­ers from through­out New York City, build­ing upon the cul­tur­al land­scape the pro­gram fos­ters each year in the for­mer mil­i­tary homes of Nolan Park and Colonels Row on Gov­er­nors Island.

The three-day cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture free per­for­mances from Pigeon­wing Dance, Jer­ron Her­man, and Dance to the Peo­ple, along with free pub­lic pro­grams and acti­va­tions from Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence that include the Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Art (MoCA­DA), Har­vest­works, The Cli­mate Muse­um, Art­Crawl Harlem, 4heads, NYU Gal­latin Wet­Lab, Tri­an­gle Arts, and more to be announced. 

Cen­tral to the weekend’s fes­tiv­i­ties is Dance Par­ty NYC’ on Sat­ur­day, August 6, a city-wide dance par­ty tak­ing place on the same night across 80 loca­tions through­out the five bor­oughs – includ­ing Nolan Park on Gov­er­nors Island. Fes­ti­val goers will dance their hearts out along­side their fel­low New York­ers, with sound­tracks pro­vid­ed by Brook­lyn Unit­ed March­ing Band, Brass Queens, DJ Agua­pan­ela Mami, and DJ Yung Mayne. Dance Par­ty NYC on Gov­er­nors Island is pre­sent­ed by Gov­er­nors Island Arts in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Council.

A full sched­ule of events and list of pre­sent­ing orga­ni­za­tions can be found at gov​is​land​.org/​h​o​u​s​efest, with more events to be announced in the com­ing weeks.

Gov­er­nors Island Arts, the pub­lic arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram pre­sent­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island, cre­ates trans­for­ma­tive encoun­ters with art for all New York­ers, invit­ing artists and researchers to engage with the issues of our time in the con­text of the Island’s lay­ered his­to­ries, envi­ron­ments, and archi­tec­ture. Since Gov­er­nors Island opened to the pub­lic in 2005, the Trust has invit­ed cul­tur­al, edu­ca­tion­al, and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions to uti­lize its his­toric hous­es to present engag­ing pub­lic pro­grams while pro­vid­ing work­space for artists and cul­tur­al practitioners.

Through this unique Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence Pro­gram, Gov­er­nors Island Arts pro­vides a plat­form for non-prof­it groups to reach a diverse and grow­ing audi­ence of engaged vis­i­tors, where col­lab­o­ra­tion is encour­aged between par­tic­i­pat­ing orga­ni­za­tions and space is pro­vid­ed to pre­sen­ters free of charge.

Invest­ment in Gov­er­nors Island Arts advances a key com­po­nent of Rebuild, Renew, Rein­vent: A Blue­print for NYC’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery,” the mayor’s vision for the future of the city’s econ­o­my. Over the next decade, the City and the Trust will invest in evolv­ing this sea­son­al pro­gram into year-round per­ma­nent homes for cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions on Gov­er­nors Island.

Gov­er­nors Island Arts 2022 Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence include 4heads, Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House, Art­Crawl Harlem, Beam Cen­ter, Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, BronxArt­Space, The Cli­mate Muse­um, Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Pris­ons, Flux Fac­to­ry, Har­vest­works, KODA, MoCA­DA, NARS Foun­da­tion, Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design, New Art Deal­ers Alliance (NADA), New York Vir­tu­al Vol­cano Obser­va­to­ry, NYC Audubon, NYU Gal­latin Wet­Lab, Pratt School of Archi­tec­ture, Swale, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, Tri­an­gle Arts, and West Harlem Art Fund. 

House Fest 2022 is pre­sent­ed with sup­port from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Enter­tain­ment. Click here to view the full sched­ule of House Fest events. 

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Announces RFP Seek­ing Oper­a­tors of Event, Food and Bev­er­age, and Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Venues With­in Five His­toric Buildings

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Building 140 on Governors Island

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island today released two Request for Pro­pos­als (RFPs) invit­ing oper­a­tors of event, food and bev­er­age, and hos­pi­tal­i­ty venues to ground lease, rede­vel­op and oper­ate sev­er­al build­ings through­out Gov­er­nors Island’s His­toric Dis­trict. The RFPs released today build upon the Trust’s recent mile­stone of open­ing Gov­er­nors Island to the pub­lic year-round and sup­port the long-term vision to expand vis­i­tor ameni­ties while breath­ing new life into fifty land­marked for­mer mil­i­tary buildings. 

Gov­er­nors Island has become a cul­tur­al and recre­ation­al must see’ in New York City,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria Torres-Springer. Today’s RFP release is a crit­i­cal step to also make the Island a full-ser­vice hos­pi­tal­i­ty des­ti­na­tion, spurring our eco­nom­ic recov­ery through tourism and job cre­ation. I thank the Gov­er­nors Island team for their vision­ary stew­ard­ship of this unique New York City resource.”

In the past year Gov­er­nors Island has grown tremen­dous­ly as a vibrant resource for all New York­ers, with open space now acces­si­ble year-round, an array of arts and cul­tur­al pro­grams, new ameni­ties, and a grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of ten­ants,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Through the release of these RFPs, we are excit­ed to make progress on expand­ing ways for New York­ers to enjoy all the Island has to offer, while fur­ther­ing our long-term com­mit­ment to breath­ing new life into our his­toric assets. We look for­ward to receiv­ing pro­pos­als from New York City’s diverse hos­pi­tal­i­ty community.”.

Through the two RFPs released today, The Trust is mak­ing avail­able up to 45,000 SF of space across five build­ings locat­ed with­in the Gov­er­nors Island His­toric Dis­trict for adap­tive reuse by suc­cess­ful respon­dents. Prop­er­ties made avail­able through the RFPs include:

Build­ing 140: Request for Pro­pos­als Seek­ing Food and Bev­er­age Con­cepts and/​or Event Venues

Devel­op­ers and oper­a­tors of food and bev­er­age con­cepts and event venues are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als to ground lease, rede­vel­op, and oper­ate Build­ing 140 an approx­i­mate­ly 10,000 square-foot water­front build­ing on Gov­er­nors Island fea­tur­ing high ceil­ings, a col­umn-free inte­ri­or, and an approx­i­mate­ly 13,000-square-foot out­door water­front ter­race. Con­struct­ed in the mid-1800s as a muni­tions ware­house and used over the years as a bank and a post office, Build­ing 140 is locat­ed at Sois­sons Land­ing, Gov­er­nors Island’s pri­ma­ry fer­ry dock with 7‑minute ser­vice to Low­er Man­hat­tan, and fea­tures unob­struct­ed views of the Low­er Man­hat­tan sky­line, Brook­lyn Bridge, and New York Harbor.

Build­ings 1, 2, 3, and 25: Hos­pi­tal­i­ty and Vis­i­tor Amenities

Devel­op­ers and oper­a­tors of food and bev­er­age con­cepts, event and con­ven­ing spaces, overnight accom­mo­da­tions, and oth­er ameni­ty spaces are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als to ground lease, rede­vel­op, and oper­ate Build­ings 1, 2, 3, and 25 on Gov­er­nors Island. Togeth­er, the Build­ings offer approx­i­mate­ly 35,000 square feet of com­bined indoor space locat­ed with­in Nolan Park, for­mer­ly home to Com­mand­ing Officer’s quar­ters dur­ing Gov­er­nors Island’s his­to­ry as a US Army and Coast Guard Base, and today home to a grow­ing hub of arts and cul­tur­al ten­ants. Suc­cess­ful respon­dents will be locat­ed adja­cent to the Nolan Park Cul­tur­al Cam­pus, a grow­ing hub of cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing dynam­ic pub­lic pro­grams dur­ing the Island’s spring, sum­mer and fall sea­sons. Over time, the Trust plans to grow Nolan Park as a per­ma­nent, mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary arts and cul­ture cam­pus, pro­vid­ing afford­able space to cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions and attract­ing a grow­ing audi­ence of vis­i­tors expe­ri­enc­ing the Island’s arts pro­gram. Suc­cess­ful respon­dents will help com­ple­ment this unique and grow­ing cul­tur­al des­ti­na­tion with sup­port­ing amenities. 

Pro­pos­als will be eval­u­at­ed based on the Respondent’s pro­posed pro­gram and vision, includ­ing serv­ing a broad and diverse audi­ence and align­ing with the Trust’s cli­mate and sus­tain­abil­i­ty goals, team and fea­si­bil­i­ty, pro­posed terms, and qual­i­ty of design. Respons­es to both RFPs are due Octo­ber 31, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. For more infor­ma­tion or to view the full RFP doc­u­ments click here.

Gov­er­nors Island has under­gone a tremen­dous trans­for­ma­tion over the last decade, includ­ing the cre­ation of a resilient 43-acre park, a grow­ing arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram, and remark­able growth in audi­ence. The Island is home to a diverse num­ber of year-round ten­ants, includ­ing the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School, the Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil, the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, Shan­dak­en Projects, Beam Cen­ter, the Insti­tute for Pub­lic Archi­tec­ture, and QC NY Spa, as well as But­ter­milk Labs — a new mul­ti-ten­ant hub for coastal cli­mate solu­tions announced in Fall 2021

The Trust is cur­rent­ly in the process of attract­ing an anchor edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tion as part of the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive designed to fur­ther New York City as a glob­al leader in efforts to respond to the cli­mate cri­sis. A key part of May­or Eric Adams’ Rebuild, Renew, Rein­vent: A Blue­print for NYC’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery,” the project will sup­port the research, devel­op­ment and demon­stra­tion of equi­table cli­mate solu­tions for New York City — that can be scaled and applied globally. 

Now open to the pub­lic year-round, Gov­er­nors Island is home to a robust cal­en­dar of free pub­lic pro­grams and events, out­door recre­ation activ­i­ties, diverse arts and cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences, and more to explore. Vis­it www​.gov​is​land​.org/​t​h​i​n​g​s​-​to-do for more infor­ma­tion and to view all upcom­ing events and programs.

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Expands Pub­lic Hours, Invit­ing New York­ers to Enjoy Sun­set at Sois­sons’ every night

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Sunset views from Island Oyster

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island announced today new extend­ed hours for the area Sois­sons Land­ing, one of the best spots in the city to watch the sun­set on the hori­zon. Start­ing Fri­day, July 1, Sois­sons Land­ing will remain open late every night of the week through Octo­ber 31. Sois­sons Land­ing will be open until 10 p.m. Sun­day through Thurs­day, and until 11 p.m. Fri­days and Sat­ur­days. Vis­i­tors can enjoy deli­cious food and drink from Island Oys­ter, Taco Vista and Gitano Island, along with unique well­ness expe­ri­ences from QC NY Spa and beau­ti­ful pic­nic spots with­in the area sur­round­ing Sois­sons Land­ing in the Gov­er­nors Island His­toric District. 

There real­ly is no bet­ter place to spend a sum­mer evening than Gov­er­nors Island,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent & CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. With unpar­al­leled water­front views, deli­cious food and drinks, unique ameni­ties, and peace­ful pic­nic spots, Sois­sons Land­ing has some­thing for every­one. We are thrilled to announce these expand­ed pub­lic hours and can’t wait to wel­come our vis­i­tors to the best place to catch the sun­set in New York City.” 

Evening fer­ries to Gov­er­nors Island run from the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing in Low­er Man­hat­tan, with the last pub­lic fer­ry over to the Island depart­ing at 8:15 p.m. Sun­day through Thurs­day and 9:15 p.m. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. The last fer­ry off of the Island departs at 10 p.m. Sun­day through Thurs­day and 11 p.m. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. While Sois­sons Land­ing will be open until 10 p.m., all oth­er areas on Gov­er­nors Island will close at reg­u­lar­ly post­ed pub­lic hours — 10 p.m. on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days through Sep­tem­ber 3, and 6 p.m. Sun­day through Thursday. 

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The Sois­sons Land­ing area includes the below ven­dors and ameni­ties, in addi­tion to rolling lawns avail­able for pic­nick­ing or tak­ing in the views. 

Taco Vista: Clas­sic Mex­i­can menu includ­ing tacos, bur­ri­tos, que­sadil­las, craft beer, and mar­gar­i­tas with a casu­al din­ing area and water­front views. Open Wednes­day through Sun­day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Island Oys­ter: A unique out­door des­ti­na­tion for easy­go­ing sum­mer seafood, trop­i­cal cock­tails, and panoram­ic views. Open Wednes­day through Sun­day from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Gitano Island: A brand-new restau­rant and beach club from Grupo Gitano fea­tur­ing an exten­sive cock­tail menu, mod­ern Mex­i­can cui­sine, dance floors, and reg­u­lar live events. Open Sun­day through Thurs­day from 12 to 10pm and Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

QC NY Spa: Guests can unwind with more than 20 well­ness expe­ri­ences includ­ing mas­sages, saunas, steam rooms, water ther­a­pies, and more, along with two infin­i­ty spa pools over­look­ing the Low­er Man­hat­tan sky­line. Open Sun­day through Thurs­day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to reserve fer­ry tick­ets at www​.gov​is​land​.org/​ferry in advance of their trip, and face cov­er­ings con­tin­ue to be required on Trust-oper­at­ed fer­ries. Evening fer­ries will only oper­ate to and from the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing in Low­er Man­hat­tan dur­ing the Sun­set at Sois­sons Land­ing hours.

Round-trip fer­ry tick­ets cost $4 for adults. Gov­er­nors Island fer­ries are always free for chil­dren 12 and under, seniors 65 and up, res­i­dents of NYCHA, IDNYC hold­ers, cur­rent and for­mer mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers, and Gov­er­nors Island mem­bers. Fer­ries before noon on Sat­ur­days and Sun­days are free for all. There is no sur­charge for bicy­cles or strollers at any time.

NYC Fer­ry also serves Gov­er­nors Island week­days on the South Brook­lyn route and week­ends via a ded­i­cat­ed shut­tle from Pier 11/​Wall Street. NYC Fer­ry does not serve Gov­er­nors Island after 5:19 p.m. on week­days and 5:42 p.m. on week­ends. Vis­it ferry.nyc for more infor­ma­tion and schedules. 

Announc­ing Charles Gaines’s First Pub­lic Art Project, The Amer­i­can Manifest”

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Pre­sent­ed by Cre­ative Time, Gov­er­nors Island Arts, and Times Square Arts

Debut­ing in New York this sum­mer, a series of new art­works con­tends with the over 400-year set­tle­ment of the Unit­ed States and its ongo­ing lega­cies of colo­nial­ism and racial capitalism

Cre­ative Time, Gov­er­nors Island Arts, and Times Square Arts are pleased to present the first pub­lic art exhi­bi­tion by Charles Gaines, The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest. The seri­al­ized pub­lic art instal­la­tion will unfold in three parts, or chap­ters, across three loca­tions over the course of two years — Times Square, Gov­er­nors Island, and Cincin­nati. The project will debut in New York City on July 13, 2022 in Times Square with a new iter­a­tion of the artist’s pio­neer­ing Man­i­festos per­for­mances cou­pled with an instal­la­tion of sculp­tures of the com­plex root sys­tems of the Amer­i­can Sweet­gum tree on view through the sum­mer. Mov­ing Chains, a mon­u­men­tal, kinet­ic sculp­tur­al work sit­ed on Gov­er­nors Island in New York Har­bor opens next in ear­ly Octo­ber 2022 before jour­ney­ing to the banks of the Ohio Riv­er in Cincin­nati in the sum­mer of 2023.

Trac­ing the flow of these north­east­ern water­ways — the his­tor­i­cal­ly charged rivers and ports of New York City and Cincinnati’s Ohio Riv­er, which are not often con­sid­ered in rela­tion to each oth­er — Gaines offers a mul­ti­fac­eted inter­ro­ga­tion of the dual role of the north­ern states in both main­tain­ing and abol­ish­ing slav­ery, and the endur­ing impli­ca­tions of the racial­ized sys­tems, myths, and log­ics that under­pin the nation’s eco­nom­ic and legal foun­da­tions that per­sist today. Through large-scale son­ic and sculp­tur­al works, the project grap­ples with the entan­gled sys­tems of prop­er­ty, cit­i­zen­ship, dis­place­ment, and free­dom that enables and fur­thers racial cap­i­tal­ism, a mech­a­nism for enforc­ing white suprema­cy in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca. Gaines’s work for The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest orig­i­nates with the 1857 Dred and Har­ri­et Scott his­toric Supreme Court deci­sion, which decreed that peo­ple of African ances­try were not U.S. cit­i­zens and there­fore could not sue for their right to free­dom, and demands the view­er con­tend with the lega­cies and after­lives of chat­tel slav­ery, Man­i­fest Des­tiny, and colonialism. 

By explor­ing the Dred and Har­ri­et Scott Deci­sion, The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest is intend­ed both crit­i­cal­ly and poet­i­cal­ly to unpack the com­plex­i­ty of Amer­i­ca’s human­ist ideals. It is intend­ed to take us through the slip­pery con­tra­dic­tions that make up the Amer­i­can nar­ra­tive,” said Charles Gaines.

Charles Gaines has been a piv­otal fig­ure in con­cep­tu­al art for the past five decades, known for his body of work engag­ing for­mu­las and sys­tems that inter­ro­gate rela­tion­ships between the objec­tive and the sub­jec­tive realms. The con­cept of iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics has played a cen­tral role with­in Gaines’s oeu­vre, and the rad­i­cal approach he employs address­es issues of race in ways that tran­scend the lim­its of representation.

The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest is a sharp look at the his­to­ry of the Unit­ed States and how our laden past man­i­fests in our con­tem­po­rary strug­gles. It is only through an inter­ro­ga­tion and under­stand­ing of these entan­gled his­to­ries that we may face our sys­temic soci­etal ills,” said Cre­ative Time Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jus­tine Lud­wig.

ABOUT THE AMER­I­CAN MANIFEST

Sit­ed with­in two key cities whose his­to­ries have shaped the iden­ti­ty of Amer­i­ca, this project invites the pub­lic to con­sid­er New York and Cincinnati’s water­ways’ in both uphold­ing slav­ery and secur­ing lib­er­a­tion, a dual­i­ty that chal­lenges reduc­tive nar­ra­tives of the his­to­ry and lega­cy of slav­ery in Amer­i­ca. Times Square, often called the cross­roads of the world,” exists as a glob­al emblem of cap­i­tal­ism, com­merce, and media, with over 300,000 dai­ly pedes­tri­ans. Five miles away, in the mid­dle of the New York Har­bor, Gov­er­nors Island feels com­par­a­tive­ly serene. The island played an inte­gral role in the city’s eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal his­to­ry; it served as a Lenape fish­ing and hunt­ing camp, an ear­ly colo­nial Dutch set­tle­ment, a home for the British rul­ing Gov­er­nors and, lat­er, a U.S. Mil­i­tary and Coast Guard base from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War until the late 1990s, before becom­ing pub­licly acces­si­ble in the mid-2000s. Halfway across the coun­try, Cincinnati’s John G. and Phyl­lis W. Smale River­front Park con­nects down­town Cincin­nati to the Ohio Riv­er, which his­tor­i­cal­ly served as a demar­ca­tion point and trans­porta­tion route between south­ern slave states and the free states in the north.

CHAP­TER ONE

Times Square, New York | July 13 – Sep­tem­ber 232022

Broad­way and 46th St, Duffy Square

The project orig­i­nates in Times Square with a per­for­mance-based instal­la­tion, Man­i­festos 4: The Dred and Har­ri­et Scott Deci­sion, and sculp­tur­al instal­la­tion, Roots.

Con­tin­u­ing Gaines’s Man­i­festos series, and specif­i­cal­ly build­ing upon his Man­i­festos 4 com­po­si­tion with the cre­ation of a new vocal arrange­ment, this per­for­mance trans­forms the orig­i­nal text of the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred and Har­ri­et Scott his­toric deci­sion, which decreed that peo­ple of African ances­try were not U.S. cit­i­zens and there­fore could not sue for their right to free­dom. Fea­tur­ing a wood­wind quin­tet, piano and tenor, the 5‑part per­for­mance will be staged on July 13 and July 14 in America’s mod­ern-day com­mer­cial cross­roads, Times Square. 

Roots, on view from July 13 through Sep­tem­ber 23, 2022, con­sists of a series of sev­en Amer­i­can Sweet­gum trees, pre­sent­ed with the root sys­tems upside down and paint­ed to a sur­re­al and dystopic effect. The trees, which were indige­nous to the east­ern Unit­ed States and grew in Times Square, a forest­ed area and beaver pond pri­or to col­o­niza­tion, are known for their impres­sive root sys­tems that require vast open spaces to grow.

We are incred­i­bly hon­ored to launch the first chap­ter of Charles Gaines’s mon­u­men­tal, mul­ti-sit­ed exhi­bi­tion with works that call upon both Indige­nous his­to­ries and present day sym­bol­ism of Times Square to tell the sto­ry of our country’s com­plex lega­cies,” said Times Square Arts Direc­tor Jean Cooney.

CHAP­TER TWO

Gov­er­nors Island, New York | Octo­ber 2022 – June 2023

Sit­ed at the base of Out­look Hill on Gov­er­nors Island with views of the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty, Ellis Island, and Low­er Man­hat­tan, Mov­ing Chains — a 100 foot-long immer­sive, kinet­ic sculp­ture — evokes the hull of a ship rever­ber­at­ing with the low rum­ble of nine chains churn­ing over­head, while vis­i­tors pass through below. Eight of the chains move along at the pace of New York Harbor’s cur­rents, while a cen­tral ninth chain moves notice­ably faster, at the speed of the ships and barges that have trav­eled the city’s water­ways over cen­turies. Com­pli­cat­ing nar­ra­tives of slav­ery that eas­i­ly demar­cate north­ern virtue and south­ern sin, Mov­ing Chains illu­mi­nates the exchange of peo­ple, cap­i­tal, and goods between the north and south, call­ing atten­tion to the nation’s eco­nom­ic, judi­cial, and polit­i­cal frame­works that con­tin­ue to shape the lives and define the free­doms of Amer­i­cans today.

The sec­ond chap­ter in Charles Gaines’s mon­u­men­tal project The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest, Mov­ing Chains is a his­toric work that we are hum­bled to present on Gov­er­nors Island, a site whose land­scape is inter­twined with the sto­ries and strug­gles of New Har­bor and the water­ways that have defined this nation’s past, present, and future,” said Mered­ith John­son, VP of Arts and Cul­ture and Head Cura­tor at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We are hon­ored to present Charles Gaines’s piv­otal work on Gov­er­nors Island, and look for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors and all New York­ers to engage through a dynam­ic cal­en­dar of pub­lic pro­grams,” added Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Mov­ing Chains rep­re­sents a key invest­ment in Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ mis­sion to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive art expe­ri­ences for all New York­ers to engage with crit­i­cal issues of our time while in this extra­or­di­nary pub­lic space.”

The project will be accom­pa­nied by a series of pub­lic pro­grams that re-con­sid­er legal and cul­tur­al def­i­n­i­tions of free­dom, bring­ing togeth­er an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of thinkers. 

CHAP­TER THREE

Cincin­nati, Ohio | Sum­mer 2023

Open­ing in mul­ti­ple loca­tions through­out Cincin­nati in Sum­mer 2023, The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest will trav­el to the banks of the Ohio Riv­er in Cincinnati’s John G. and Phyl­lis W. Smale River­front Park, accom­pa­nied by an addi­tion­al site-spe­cif­ic com­mis­sioned work to deep­en the geo­graph­ic nuances of colo­nial expan­sion. The Ohio Riv­er has his­tor­i­cal­ly rep­re­sent­ed both a route to lib­er­a­tion, as the one-time gate­way between slave and free soil” states, as well as a his­toric route used to trans­port enslaved per­sons to the infa­mous port of New Orleans. The project’s jour­ney to this loca­tion from New York makes a final con­nec­tion between the plan­ta­tion log­ic of peo­ple as prop­er­ty, fed­er­al­ly rec­og­nized in the case of Dred and Har­ri­et Scott, and the era of Man­i­fest Des­tiny and west­ward expan­sion, which estab­lished the Amer­i­can West land­scape as the right­ful prop­er­ty of the Unit­ed States government. 

PROJECT SUP­PORT

Charles Gaines: The Amer­i­can Man­i­fest is made pos­si­ble in New York and Cincin­nati by the vision­ary sup­port of the Ford Foun­da­tion, Lam­bent Foun­da­tion, VIA Art Fund, Foto­Fo­cus, The Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion, Cha­ri­na Endow­ment Fund, Don­ald A. Pels Char­i­ta­ble Trust, the Jacques and Natasha Gel­man Foun­da­tion, Mor­gan Stan­ley, Wave Pool, and mediaThe Foun­da­tion, inc. 

Major sup­port is pro­vid­ed by Hauser & Wirth, Deb­o­rah Beck­mann and Jacob Kotzubei, Bob and Renee Par­sons, San­jeev Rathi, Christo­pher Walk­er, Debi and Steven Wisch, and addi­tion­al anony­mous supporters. 

We are also grate­ful for the sup­port of the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts; pub­lic funds from the New York City Depart­ment of Cul­tur­al Affairs in part­ner­ship with the City Coun­cil; and the New York State Coun­cil on the Arts with the sup­port of Gov­er­nor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

We are thrilled to work with Cre­ative Time, Times Square Arts, and Gov­er­nors Island Arts to bring Charles Gaines’ mon­u­men­tal series to the city,” said Rocío Aran­da-Alvara­do, pro­gram offi­cer for Cre­ativ­i­ty and Free Expres­sion at the Ford Foun­da­tion. This ini­tia­tive sheds an impor­tant light on our nation’s past and offers crit­i­cal per­spec­tive for those work­ing to build a more equi­table future.”

Gov­er­nors Island is alive with dynam­ic arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, pro­vid­ing unfor­get­table and acces­si­ble expe­ri­ences for New York­ers. This pow­er­ful new work by Charles Gaines will serve to con­nect New York­ers across the bor­oughs to the essen­tial arts and cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences that are a core part of May­or Adams’ eco­nom­ic recov­ery blue­print,” said Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment Maria Tor­res-Springer. I encour­age all New York­ers to expe­ri­ence the wide-rang­ing pow­er of this project through­out the city.”

ABOUT CHARLES GAINES

A piv­otal fig­ure in the field of con­cep­tu­al art, Charles Gaines’s body of work engages for­mu­las and sys­tems that inter­ro­gate rela­tion­ships between the objec­tive and the sub­jec­tive realms. Using a gen­er­a­tive approach to cre­ate series of works in a vari­ety of medi­ums, he has built a bridge between the ear­ly con­cep­tu­al artists of the 1960s and 1970s and sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of artists push­ing the lim­its of con­cep­tu­al­ism today. Gaines lives and works in Los Ange­les. He recent­ly retired from the CalArts School of Art, where he was on fac­ul­ty for over 30 years and estab­lished a fel­low­ship to pro­vide crit­i­cal schol­ar­ship sup­port for Black stu­dents in the M.F.A. Art pro­gram. He has been the sub­ject of numer­ous exhi­bi­tions in the Unit­ed States and around the world, most notably a mid-career sur­vey at the Pomona Col­lege Muse­um of Art and the Pitzer Col­lege Art Gallery in Clare­mont CA, as well as a muse­um sur­vey of his Grid­work at The Stu­dio Muse­um, Harlem NY, and Ham­mer Muse­um, Los Ange­les CA. His work has also been pre­sent­ed at the 1975 Whit­ney Bien­ni­al and the Venice Bien­nale in 2007 and 2015. An exhi­bi­tion of his work is cur­rent­ly on long term view at Dia:Beacon in New York. In addi­tion to his artis­tic prac­tice, Gaines has pub­lished sev­er­al essays on con­tem­po­rary art, includ­ing The­ater of Refusal: Black Art and Main­stream Crit­i­cism’ (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, 1993) and The New Cos­mopoli­tanism’ (Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, Fuller­ton, 2008). In 2019, Gaines received the 60th Edward Mac­Dow­ell Medal. He was induct­ed into the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design’s 2020 class of Nation­al Aca­d­e­mi­cians and will be induct­ed into the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Let­ters in May 2022

ABOUT CRE­ATIVE TIME

Since 1974, Cre­ative Time has com­mis­sioned and pre­sent­ed ambi­tious pub­lic art projects with thou­sands of artists through­out New York City, across the coun­try, around the world — even in out­er space. The organization’s work is guid­ed by three core val­ues: art mat­ters, artists’ voic­es are impor­tant in shap­ing soci­ety, and pub­lic spaces are places for cre­ative and free expres­sion. Cre­ative Time is acclaimed for the inno­v­a­tive and mean­ing­ful projects they have com­mis­sioned, from​Trib­ute in Light,​the twin bea­cons of light that illu­mi­nat­ed low­er Man­hat­tan six months after 911, to bus ads pro­mot­ing HIV aware­ness, to Paul Chan’s pro­duc­tion of Wait­ing for Godot in New Orleans​, and much more. In part­ner­ship with a vari­ety of well-known cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions and com­mu­ni­ty groups, Cre­ative Time has com­mis­sioned art in unique land­mark sites from the Brook­lyn Bridge Anchor­age, Times Square, Rock­e­feller Cen­ter, Gov­er­nors Island, and the High Line, to neglect­ed urban trea­sures like the Low­er East Side’s his­toric Essex Street Mar­ket, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Low­er 9th Ward. Cre­ative Time is com­mit­ted to pre­sent­ing impor­tant art for our times and engag­ing broad audi­ences that tran­scend geo­graph­ic, racial, and socioe­co­nom­ic barriers.

ABOUT TIMES SQUARE ARTS

Times Square Arts, the pub­lic art pro­gram of the Times Square Alliance, col­lab­o­rates with con­tem­po­rary artists and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions to exper­i­ment and engage with one of the world’s most icon­ic urban places. Through the Square’s elec­tron­ic bill­boards, pub­lic plazas, vacant areas and pop­u­lar venues, and the Alliance’s own online land­scape, Times Square Arts invites lead­ing con­tem­po­rary cre­ators, such as Mel Chin, Tracey Emin, Jef­frey Gib­son, Ryan McGin­ley, Yoko Ono, and Kehinde Wiley, to help the pub­lic see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, inno­va­tion and cre­ativ­i­ty, and the Arts Pro­gram ensures these qual­i­ties remain cen­tral to the dis­tric­t’s unique identity. 

ABOUT GOV­ER­NORS ISLAND ARTS

Gov­er­nors Island Arts, the pub­lic arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram pre­sent­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island cre­ates trans­for­ma­tive encoun­ters with art for all New York­ers, invit­ing artists and researchers to engage with the issues of our time in the con­text of the Island’s lay­ered his­to­ries, envi­ron­ments, and archi­tec­ture. Gov­er­nors Island Arts achieves this mis­sion through tem­po­rary and long-term pub­lic art com­mis­sions, an annu­al Orga­ni­za­tion in Res­i­dence pro­gram in the Island’s his­toric hous­es, and free pub­lic pro­grams and events in part­ner­ship with a wide range of cross-dis­ci­pli­nary NYC cul­tur­al organizations. 

Com­mu­ni­ty Climb­ing Boul­der Unveiled on Gov­er­nors Island

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Harbor School students, play:groundNYC campers, and youth from Beam Center at the Community Climbing Boulder unveiling on Governors Island. Photo by Alexa Hoyer/Trust for Public Land

On June 7, 2022, the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island, in part­ner­ship with Trust for Pub­lic Land and The North Face, unveiled a new­ly installed Com­mu­ni­ty Climb­ing Boul­der locat­ed on Gov­er­nors Island. At the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mo­ny, stu­dents from the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School along with youth from Beam Cen­ter and play:groundNYC were among the first ever to climb the boul­der, which is free and open to the pub­lic. As part of a unique col­lab­o­ra­tive design process, youth par­tic­i­pants from play:groundNYC’s Island-based sum­mer camp and Beam Cen­ter’s pro­grams on the Island used clay to design their dream boul­ders near­ly a year ago, and ele­ments from their designs were incor­po­rat­ed into the fin­ished boulder⁠. 

As a des­ti­na­tion that offers one of the largest and most unique open spaces in the city, and dur­ing a time in his­to­ry when access to parks, recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties, and well­ness are more impor­tant than ever, we’re hon­ored to present Gov­er­nors Island and this ameni­ty as a resource for all com­mu­ni­ties in New York City.” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island.

We want to, all the time, hand over a bet­ter world to the peo­ple who fol­low us, and that’s what the kids did just last year.” said Carter Strick­land, Vice Pres­i­dent Mid-Atlantic Region and New York State Direc­tor of Trust for Pub­lic Land The design process is real­ly crit­i­cal. We want to cre­ate out­door spaces that are yours…so stop by on your way to The Hills or Pic­nic Point and give it a climb.”

The Com­mu­ni­ty Climb­ing Boul­der is locat­ed on the West­ern Prom­e­nade adja­cent to Col­lec­tive Retreats and the Har­bor School and boasts unpar­al­leled view of New York Har­bor and the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty. Climb­ing routes are post­ed onsite. Gov­er­nors Island is open to the pub­lic Sun­day through Thurs­day from 7am to 6pm. From Memo­r­i­al Day week­end through Labor Day, the Island is open to the pub­lic until 10pm on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days. Trust for Gov­er­nors Island-oper­at­ed fer­ries run dai­ly between the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing at 10 South Street in Low­er Man­hat­tan and Sois­sons Land­ing on the Island. Trust-oper­at­ed fer­ries also serve two Brook­lyn loca­tions on week­ends through Sep­tem­ber 25, 2022: Pier Six in Brook­lyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. For sched­ules and tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion, click here.

NYC Fer­ry also serves Gov­er­nors Island dai­ly, with week­day ser­vice on the South Brook­lyn route and via the sum­mer week­end shut­tle from Wall Street/​Pier 11. For tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion and full sched­ules for NYC Fer­ry, vis­it www.ferry.nyc.

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They’re Baaaaack! Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Announces Return of Sum­mer Sheep Employees

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Photo by Timothy Schenck

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island is offi­cial­ly wel­com­ing baaaaack to New York City its five most famous employ­ees from last sum­mer: a fam­i­ly of land­scap­ing sheep. This fluffy flock — Flour, Sam, Evening, Chad, and Philip Aries — hail from Friends of Tivoli Lake Pre­serve and Farm in Albany and for the sec­ond straight year will spend the sum­mer Gov­er­nors Island, help­ing to con­trol inva­sive plant species in Ham­mock Grove’s young urban for­est and ensur­ing the area’s bio­di­ver­si­ty can thrive for years to come.

The sheep’s love for herba­ceous plants, such as grass­es, phrag­mites, and flow­er­ing plants like mug­wort and sun­flow­ers make them a nat­ur­al fit to join Gov­er­nors Island’s hor­ti­cul­ture team. Replete with such del­i­ca­cies (phrag­mites being the sheep’s favorite), the flock will live on the Island, enjoy­ing a lush grove and eat­ing its inva­sive plants for the sec­ond straight summer. 

We are thrilled to wel­come our four-legged land­scap­ers back to Gov­er­nors Island. They may be cute and fuzzy, but these hard­work­ing sheep also pro­vide an incred­i­ble ser­vice to the Island by sup­port­ing our hor­ti­cul­ture team in clear­ing inva­sive species that oth­er­wise would harm our grow­ing urban for­est in Ham­mock Grove,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Flour, Sam, Evening, Chad, and Philip Aries will help pro­vide a groomed and beau­ti­ful­ly main­tained green space this sum­mer for all of our vis­i­tors to enjoy.” 

We are excit­ed to be back on Gov­er­nors Island this year, shar­ing the ani­mals and expand­ing their graz­ing ser­vices,” said Kim Tateo, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Farm Man­ag­er of Friends of Tivoli Lake Pre­serve and Farm. It’s been so great to see the how the sheep have helped to improve the plant diver­si­ty on Gov­er­nors Island, and to have that work con­nect direct­ly with the rest of our flock doing sim­i­lar work upstate. We can’t wait for Island vis­i­tors to learn more about these ani­mals this summer.” 

Mug­wort, phrag­mites, and oth­er inva­sive plant species have a com­pet­i­tive nature and crowd oth­er plant­i­ngs with­in the park, essen­tial­ly cre­at­ing a mono­cul­ture. The sheep eat­ing these herba­ceous plants helps to break down and weak­en them, pre­vent­ing them from flow­er­ing and the seeds spreading.

Recruit­ing a herd of sheep is extreme­ly ben­e­fi­cial to the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island’s efforts to care for the park, as it reduces the time spent on inva­sive species removal to less than 30 per­cent of the gar­den­ing staff time. Hav­ing the sheep deal with the inva­sive plants allows the hor­ti­cul­ture team to focus more on the well-being of the trees and soil and ensure that the for­est in Ham­mock Grove thrives on Gov­er­nors Island. 

Pri­or to the arrival of these sheep last year, the Trust’s hor­ti­cul­ture team spent a tremen­dous amount of time weed­ing, and the sheep rep­re­sent a cost effec­tive and eco-friend­ly solu­tion that allows the team to focus on more pro­duc­tive tasks. Dur­ing their first year on the Island, they cleared more than eight acres of inva­sive plants, expe­di­tious­ly keep­ing up with the active grow­ing sea­son and com­plete­ly clear­ing many sec­tions of the Island’s park sev­er­al times over.

Sheep are also unique­ly suit­ed to the work on Gov­er­nors Island, more so than goats or oth­er ani­mals, since their culi­nary tastes do not include tree bark. The sheep will eat around the young trees in Ham­mock Grove and focus on phrag­mites and oth­er del­i­ca­cies, while goats would devour vir­tu­al­ly any plant life they could get their hooves on, inva­sive or not.

Through­out the sum­mer, the Trust will part­ner with Friends of Tivoli Lake Pre­serve and Farm to host sev­er­al pub­lic sheep herd­ing demon­stra­tions on the Island; dates will be announced in the com­ing weeks. 

Gov­er­nors Island is open to the pub­lic Sun­day through Thurs­day from 7am to 6pm. From Memo­r­i­al Day week­end through Labor Day, the Island is open to the pub­lic until 10pm on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days. Trust for Gov­er­nors Island-oper­at­ed fer­ries run dai­ly between the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing at 10 South Street in Low­er Man­hat­tan and Sois­sons Land­ing on the Island. Trust-oper­at­ed fer­ries also serve two Brook­lyn loca­tions on week­ends through Sep­tem­ber 25, 2022: Pier Six in Brook­lyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. For sched­ules and tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion, click here.

NYC Fer­ry also serves Gov­er­nors Island dai­ly, with week­day ser­vice on the South Brook­lyn route and via the sum­mer week­end shut­tle from Wall Street/​Pier 11. For tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion and full sched­ules for NYC Fer­ry, vis­it www.ferry.nyc.

Gov­er­nors Island Arts and Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter Announce Free Out­door Film Series for 2022 Season

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Photo by Timothy Schenck

Gov­er­nors Island Arts and Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter announced today the return of free out­door film screen­ings on the Island for sum­mer 2022 fea­tur­ing John Cameron Mitchell’s Hed­wig and the Angry Inch on Fri­day, June 3 and Sid­ney Lumet’s The Wiz on Fri­day, August 5. This summer’s screen­ings are curat­ed by Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter and pro­duced by Rooftop Films and will take place on the Island’s his­toric Parade Ground — an expan­sive eight-acre lawn with wide-open views of Low­er Manhattan. 

Out­door films on the Parade Ground have become an icon­ic sum­mer tra­di­tion, and we can­not wait to wel­come film buffs and all New York­ers to Gov­er­nors Island for the fourth year of this land­mark series,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Ensur­ing access to acces­si­ble, afford­able, and trans­for­ma­tive arts and cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences is a core ten­ant of Gov­er­nors Island Arts, and we are so excit­ed to part­ner with Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter once again for two evenings of free movie mag­ic with our amaz­ing city as backdrop.”

There’s no bet­ter spot than Gov­er­nors Island to catch a free movie under the stars, and this year’s selec­tion pro­vides audi­ences with an incred­i­ble range of engag­ing cin­e­mat­ic expe­ri­ences. We are thrilled to be launch­ing our fourth sea­son of this incred­i­ble part­ner­ship with Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter, pro­vid­ing even more New York­ers with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gath­er togeth­er and enjoy film on Gov­er­nors Island,” said Mered­ith John­son, VP of Arts and Cul­ture at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island.

Free out­door screen­ings in the sum­mer are a treat for New York audi­ences. Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter looks for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing icon­ic films on Gov­er­nors Island, a spec­tac­u­lar loca­tion to gath­er,” said Lesli Klain­berg, Pres­i­dent, Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter. With our friends at NewFest we are pleased to show­case the cult clas­sic Hed­wig and the Angry Inch and, togeth­er with our col­leagues at Dance Films Asso­ci­a­tion and the New York Inter­na­tion­al Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val, we invite fam­i­lies and fans to expe­ri­ence the musi­cal adven­ture that is The Wiz.”

Both screen­ings are free and open to the pub­lic with pre-show enter­tain­ment kick­ing off at 7pm and films begin­ning at dusk. Food and drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase, includ­ing a beer gar­den by Threes Brew­ing along with food from Piz­za Yard and addi­tion­al Gov­er­nors Island ven­dors to be announced. 

Evening fer­ry ser­vice will run from Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing in Low­er Man­hat­tan, locat­ed at 10 South Street, depart­ing Low­er Man­hat­tan at 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, and 6:45pm. Fer­ries will return to Low­er Man­hat­tan from Sois­sons Land­ing at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, and 11pm. 

Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to reserve fer­ry tick­ets at www​.gov​is​land​.org/​ferry in advance of their trip, and face cov­er­ings con­tin­ue to be required on Trust-oper­at­ed fer­ries. Round-trip fer­ry tick­ets cost $4 for adults. Gov­er­nors Island fer­ries are always free for chil­dren 12 and under, seniors 65 and up, res­i­dents of NYCHA, IDNYC hold­ers, cur­rent and for­mer mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers, and Gov­er­nors Island mem­bers. Fer­ries before noon on Sat­ur­days and Sun­days are free for all. There is no sur­charge for bicy­cles or strollers at any time. 

Gov­er­nors Island is open to the pub­lic dai­ly year-round, Sun­day through Thurs­day from 7am to 6pm and Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 7am to 7pm. Begin­ning Memo­r­i­al Day Week­end, the Island will remain open until 10pm on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days through Labor Day. 

Fri­day, June 3

Hed­wig and the Angry Inch (2001), direct­ed by John Cameron Mitchell, invites you to rock out! After falling in love with a U.S. Army sergeant, an East Berlin boy named Hansel under­goes a sex-change oper­a­tion so that he can legal­ly mar­ry his beloved. But the oper­a­tion is botched, leav­ing the boy less than a man, but not quite a woman. Desert­ed in a Kansas trail­er park, the boy/​girl, now named Hed­wig, rein­vents himself/​herself as a rock star. Based on the hit off-Broad­way musi­cal. Pre­sent­ed in asso­ci­a­tion with NewFest.

Fri­day, August 5

The Wiz (1978), direct­ed by Sid­ney Lumet, invites you to ease on down the yel­low-brick road! Relive all of the mag­ic of this beloved musi­cal when Dorothy is whisked away to the enchant­i­ng won­der­land of Oz, where she encoun­ters the Scare­crow, the Tin­man and the Lion. The Wiz fea­tures spec­tac­u­lar musi­cal num­bers from leg­endary pro­duc­er Quin­cy Jones and an all-star cast includ­ing Diana Ross, Michael Jack­son, Lena Horne, Richard Pry­or, Nipsey Rus­sell, and Ted Ross. Pre­sent­ed in asso­ci­a­tion with Dance Films Asso­ci­a­tion and New York Inter­na­tion­al Chil­dren’s Film Festival.


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