Governors Island 2021 Year in Review
Feb 1, 2022 1:02 pm
The Trust for Governors Island and Friends of Governors Island are pleased to release our 2021 Year in Review! 2021 was a monumental year, with tremendous progress in fulfilling our mission to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers. The year also saw historic milestones in the Island’s ongoing transformation, from expanding public access to 365 days a year and growing our arts and culture program, to moving forward with our bold vision to establish a leading center for climate solutions.
In 2021, Governors Island provided vital open space for New Yorkers as the city continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We welcomed visitors from every single residential zip code in the five boroughs, presented a robust calendar of free events, partnered with 23 local food and beverage vendors, welcomed a historic number of volunteers and cared for our unique landscapes with a steadfast commitment to sustainable solutions.
Cultural expression is at the core of Governors Island’s identity, engaging hundreds of thousands of visitors each year through innovative arts and cultural interventions that interact with and respond to the Island’s unique conditions. From the cross-disciplinary cultural hubs in Nolan Park and Colonels Row to singular public art experiences commissioned by the Trust, visitors and cultural practitioners alike engaged with the arts in myriad new ways in 2021.
Governors Island is home to a diverse mix of educational and environmental non-profit organizations and businesses drawing inspiration from the Island’s unique resources. From oyster restoration to maritime education, Island tenants made progress on long-term goals in 2021, with announcements of a new multi-tenant sustainability hub and a global competition to create a climate-focused research and educational center demonstrating a dedicated commitment to addressing the global climate crisis head-on.
Thanks for reading. In a year filled with milestones, our visitors were with us every step of the way, and we are thrilled for even more people to experience the Island in the years to come. We look forward to continuing to grow our community, stewarding the Island and welcoming visitors in every season.