Gov­er­nors Island 2022 Year in Review


Winter, spring, summer, and fall on Governors Island. Photos by Radhika Chalasani, Julienne Schaer, and Sean Jamar

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island are excit­ed to release our 2022 Year in Review, a com­pre­hen­sive look at all of the incred­i­ble recre­ation­al resources, cul­tur­al mile­stones, cli­mate inno­va­tions, and ten­ant com­mu­ni­ty updates from the first full year that the Island was open to the pub­lic. Read on for high­lights, and thank you for mak­ing 2022 a year to remem­ber on Gov­er­nors Island. Click here to read the full report.


Photo by Julienne Schaer


With 120 acres of open space, Gov­er­nors Island is known through­out New York City as an afford­able and acces­si­ble des­ti­na­tion—pro­vid­ing a year-round out­door oasis for near­ly one mil­lion vis­i­tors each year. In 2022, we wel­comed vis­i­tors from every sin­gle res­i­den­tial zip code in NYC, expand­ed fer­ry ser­vice and reached new audi­ences, pre­sent­ed a diverse cal­en­dar of events and pro­grams, and cel­e­brat­ed the Island’s land­scapes in every sea­son. Read more →


Photo by Philip Greenberg


Gov­er­nors Island is one of New York City’s most dynam­ic cul­tur­al des­ti­na­tions. In 2022, the arts and cul­tur­al pro­grams pre­sent­ed by the Trust launched as Gov­er­nors Island Arts, and the pro­gram debuted two ambi­tious com­mis­sions — each years in the mak­ing — and host­ed a diverse selec­tion of sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence in Nolan Park and Colonels Row. Read more →


Photo courtesy of Billion Oyster Project


Gov­er­nors Island is com­mit­ted to tack­ling the cli­mate cri­sis head-on through research and edu­ca­tion. 2022 saw mon­u­men­tal steps for­ward in estab­lish­ing an anchor insti­tu­tion for the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions on Gov­er­nors Island. Year-round ten­ants also made progress on long-time goals, includ­ing Bil­lion Oys­ter Project open­ing its first pub­lic shell drop-off site in Brook­lyn and the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School announc­ing the expan­sion of its spe­cial­ty mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion facil­i­ties. Read more →


Photo by Gregory Gentert


Gov­er­nors Island is home to a grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty cross-dis­ci­pli­nary ten­ants, each of which flour­ished in 2022. Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil’s Arts Cen­ter at Gov­er­nors Island grant­ed artist res­i­den­cies and pre­sent­ed three exhi­bi­tions, QC NY opened their unique well­ness space, the Insti­tute for Pub­lic Archi­tec­ture host­ed new pro­grams and res­i­den­cies, Beam Cen­ter host­ed 400+ young New York­ers for an acces­si­ble sum­mer camp expe­ri­ence, and more. Read more →