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Governors Island is open for passive recreation. Ferry ticket reservations and face coverings are required. Read our COVID-19 Response.

Governors Island is open for passive recreation. Ferry ticket reservations and face coverings are required. Read our COVID-19 Response.

Island Infrastructure and Transportation

The Trust for Governors Island has invested approximately $400 million in infrastructure to prepare the island for development. Infrastructure systems are brand new and comparable in capacity and connection requirements to all areas of NYC.


Potable Water

A new 12” water main from Brooklyn supplies potable water to a new distribution system throughout the Governors Island Historic District and most of the southern end of the island. The average pressure throughout the new distribution system varies from approximately 40 to 50 psi. Tenants will be responsible for installing service connections with the systems, including the shut-off valve (curb stop), a backflow prevention device, and meter for installation of a pressure booster system, if deemed necessary.

Seawall and Storm Water

Governors Island has recently upgraded its perimeter storm water management system, including new ductile iron conveyance pipes and multiple outfalls. Island-wide, runoff can discharge into the new perimeter outfalls. Developers in the South Island Development Zones will need to design to the existing outfall capacity. The Historic District interior storm drainage system has not been improved.

Governors Island’s 2.2 miles of seawall has been rebuilt, including a new durable and maintainable revetment on the island’s western edge, south of the Historic District.


A high pressure gas main owned and regulated by ConEd supplies a high-pressure distribution system throughout the Island. Buildings in the Historic District have 1-inch service connections. Existing gas mains on the southern end of the island are adjacent to the eastern and western development zones and are available for future service connections.

Sanitary System

Sanitary discharge is conveyed throughout the island via a gravity-fed system that is then conveyed via force main to Brooklyn. Developers in the Historic District and island’s southern end will need to design to the existing capacity of the force main. Use of grey water recycling systems may be required or recommended depending on the type of development.


New fiber optic cable serves the island. Distribution to buildings in the Historic District and development zones at the island’s southern end will be installed by the local service provider upon demand. Additional fiber, providing state of the art capacity for all telecom uses, including wireless capacity, will be brought to the Island by service providers in the near term.


Governors Island installed four new 5kV feeds to a new Switchgear in the Historic District. New 4160 V rated feeders distribute power on the island, supported by selector switches and transformers. Developers of the Historic District and island’s southern end are required to install their own transformer(s) and associated electrical service up to its point of connection with the existing feeder.


Tenant Commuting

Current tenants of Governors Island take a year-round, free, seven-minute ferry ride from the Battery Maritime Building during the workweek. The Trust for Governors Island provides service to the island via the Coursen, a vehicle and passenger ferry with capacity for approximately 36 cars and trucks and up to 1,100 passengers per voyage. In 2019 the Trust introduced another passenger ferry, the Governors 1.

Public Season

From May through October, Governors Island is open to the public daily. Year-round, a growing number of tenants and partners access the Island.

As We Grow

Ferry service is flexible and easily scalable. Service will be expanding to 365 days/year as the Island’s community of tenants expands. Further expansion can easily be tailored to specific users and needs. Governors Island’s location in relation to Manhattan and Brooklyn ensures quick travel time between numerous sites, while its existing docks can accommodate multiple arrivals and departures simultaneously. Besides basic service options, the island offers certain tenants the possibility of developing boutique ferry connections to regional airports or many docks in New York City or New Jersey.

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