The Trust for Governors Island and Bloomberg Philanthropies Launch New Digital Guide to Enrich Visitor Experience
Jul 21, 2022 9:46 am
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.