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3.1 Miles
55 Min
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Governors Island is just an eight-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan but feels a world apart. Once known by the Lenape people as Pagganack, or Nut Island, this ice cream cone-shaped site served as a military outpost for centuries and today stands as a scenic refuge that is home to an impressive array of cultural, environmental, educational, and recreational offerings. Grab a citibike at the station just by the ferry and join us as we circle the island and trace its transformation, discover storied castles, innovative built environments and a park designed to withstand climate change. This tour was made as a collaboration between Open House New York, the Trust for Governors Island, and Gesso in summer 2021.

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1. Soissons Landing

1. Soissons Landing

2. Castle Williams

3. New York Harbor School

4. Colonels Row

5. Liggett Hall

6. Hammock Grove

7. Outlook Hill

8. Cabin

9. Urban Farm

10. Parade Ground

11. South Battery

12. St. Cornelius Chapel

13. Admiral's House

14. Governor's House

15. Fort Jay

16. Afterword


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Learned a lot

I loved learning more about New York and how this specific space has changed over the years. The interface was great, very usable. I would recommend others to explore Governors Island with Gesso.

Grea​​t bike tour

We went to Governors Island on a beautiful day and really enjoyed exploring with our citi bike while listening to the gesso audio tour.

So cool!

It was so much fun walking around and hearing the stories - thoughtfully done. Super cool way to explore New York and slow down, too.


Governors Island


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