Pre­sent­ing: Gov­er­nors Island 2018 Year in Review

From May to Octo­ber, Gov­er­nors Island is where New York­ers get away. In 2018, vis­i­tors like you saw lat­er nights, more sun­sets and cel­e­bra­tions, more fer­ry trips and har­bor breezes, more art and recre­ation, and more to discover. 

Thank you for making memories with us on Governors Island in 2018!

Read our 2018 Year in Review

Look Back at Some of Our Favorite Memories

...and don’t forget we’re only three months away from opening day!

Wel­com­ing Vis­i­tors to a Shared Part of the City

Over 750,000 peo­ple vis­it­ed dur­ing the 2018 sea­son – more than twice the vis­i­ta­tion from just 5 years ago. 75% of our vis­i­tors are from New York City!

Expand­ing Access to New York City’s Escape

Gov­er­nors Island came alive at night dur­ing extend­ed hours on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days from May to Sep­tem­ber – from out­door films and new water­front din­ing options to spend­ing the night under the stars.

Car­ing for the Park

Five new full-time gar­den­ers and 2,500 vol­un­teers con­tributed more than 14,000 hours of land­scap­ing (plus a squad of adorable work­ing dogs) to help us care for the 120 acre park – from the shady lawns of the His­toric Dis­trict to the south­ern end’s new, award-win­ning park. 

Com­mis­sion­ing Jacob Hashimo­to on Gov­er­nors Island

In his first-ever pub­lic instal­la­tion in New York City, artist Jacob Hashimo­to delight­ed vis­i­tors with a new com­mis­sion of two immer­sive works inspired by the Island’s his­toric archi­tec­ture explor­ing time, archi­tec­ture and cosmology. 

Fos­ter­ing a Vibrant, City­wide Des­ti­na­tion for the Arts

Over 60 orga­ni­za­tions across NYC – includ­ing 4heads, the Cli­mate Muse­um, the New-York His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and more – host­ed near­ly 70 exhi­bi­tions, fes­ti­vals, youth pro­grams, res­i­den­cies, open stu­dio events and oth­er learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties – all free and open to the public!

A Liv­ing Lab for Envi­ron­men­tal Stewardship

From its posi­tion at the heart of New York Har­bor – and part­ner­ships with the New York Har­bor School, Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, Earth Mat­ter NY, GrowNYC and more – the Island con­tin­ues to inspire con­ver­sa­tion and explo­ration of our chang­ing cli­mate and how we all can be a part of the solution. 

Thank you to all our vis­i­tors for mak­ing Gov­er­nors Island great in 2018!