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


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.