Real Estate

Locat­ed in the heart of New York Har­bor between Low­er Man­hat­tan and the Brook­lyn water­front, Gov­er­nors Island is home to unpar­al­leled devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties offer­ing the advan­tages of New York City with the feel­ing of being a world apart. Eight min­utes by fer­ry from the ener­gy and excite­ment of the City, the Island is home to an award-win­ning park, flex­i­ble, ground-up devel­op­ment sites and a cam­pus of over 50 charm­ing his­toric build­ings ready for their next chapter.


An Island Trans­formed for the Future

Trans­for­ma­tion of the Island into a vibrant, year-round pub­lic place with com­mer­cial, edu­ca­tion­al and non-prof­it uses is under­way. Over $400M has been invest­ed in build­ing sta­bi­liza­tion, infra­struc­ture, expand­ed trans­porta­tion and over 120 acres of open space, includ­ing a new park designed by West 8. Ten­ants have access to the Island year-round, and our pub­lic sea­son is grow­ing near­ly every year.


Enjoy a retreat-like cam­pus with prox­im­i­ty to all that New York City has to offer

Min­utes by fer­ry from Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn, Gov­er­nors Island offers imme­di­ate access to New York City’s diverse tal­ent pool, lead­ing insti­tu­tions, busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, and glob­al net­works. Despite its phys­i­cal prox­im­i­ty, the car-free Island and its vast pub­lic open space feel like a world away from the city, ide­al for edu­ca­tion, research and convening.


Photo by Gregory Gentert

A grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of ten­ants and partners

The Island is cur­rent­ly home to year-round ten­ants includ­ing the New York Har­bor School, a pub­lic high school focused on mar­itime and STEM edu­ca­tion, the Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Council’s Arts Cen­ter, an artist res­i­den­cy pro­gram and pub­lic gallery, overnight res­i­den­cy pro­grams from Shan­dak­en Projects and the Insti­tute for Pub­lic Archi­tec­ture, and the under-con­struc­tion QC Terme day spa. These are joined over two dozen cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al part­ners, and a grow­ing num­ber of amenities.


A Con­nec­tion to New York Harbor

An expand­ed fer­ry net­work brings you to Low­er Man­hat­tan and Down­town Brook­lyn in min­utes, with addi­tion­al ser­vice through the grow­ing NYC Fer­ry Net­work. Enjoy water­front views of the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty and city sky­line and a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for users with need for direct water­front access.


Room to Grow

1M+ square feet of his­toric build­ings ready for adap­tive reuse and 33 acres of ful­ly enti­tled devel­op­ment area that can accom­mo­date new aca­d­e­m­ic, com­mer­cial, con­ven­ing, and cul­tur­al facilities.


In April 2022, the Trust for Governors Island released a Request for Proposals (RFP) as part of the next phase in the competition to establish a global Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island. 4 finalist teams will compete to create a new academic and research institution on the Island to support the research, development, and demonstration of equitable climate solutions for New York City. Responses were due in August 2022. In October 2022, Mayor Adams and the Trust for Governors Island announced three finalist proposals, and a winner is expected to be announced in early 2023.

The Trust for Governors Island, in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Senator Brian Kavanagh, New York City Council Member Christopher Marte, Manhattan Community Board 1, and Congressman Jerry Nadler, invites you to join an upcoming community briefing on proposals submitted to this RFP. Click here to learn more and register. Briefings will be held on October 26 and November 14 from 6-9pm at The Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place, New York, NY). Please note, you only need to register for one session.