NYC’s $220 Million Governors Island Park Unveiled!

by , 04/13/10

new york, new york city, nyc, ny, governors island, west 8, diller scofidio and renfro, urban planning, park, green space

As we learned recently with the opening of the Highline Park — also designed partially by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro — the wildest ideas sometimes make for the most beloved parks. Skeptics of the design for Governors Island worry about the cost of the project. Although the price tag is high, this innovative design is sure to draw a crowd of curious tourists and New York residents. Governors Island is set to become a wonderland of nature just a ferry ride away from the Big Apple.

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Via The NY Times

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  3. Publius April 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

    The article clearly states that the historic buildings, which are on the north end of the island, are and will be preserved. The two forts, which the article does not mention, are now a national monument and managed by the National Park Service – which the article also does not mention – and cannot be “torn down” or anything else by the state and/or city. The rest of the historic buildings in the north end are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, though they belong to the state. However, the transfer from the federal government to the state required that they be protected, so this is again not an issue. It’s just the modern high-rise and warehouse stuff on the south end that will go and, apparently, be replaced with a park.

  4. JMY April 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I used to live on Governor’s Island and I think this is awful! The island is jam-packed with wonderful history and that should be embraced vs. torn down. I was so hoping they would turn it into a historical site and allow the world to know what has all taken place there. What a bummer!

  5. aboychuk April 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

    How will they protect Island from predictable sea level rise by 2080 – 2100?
    Does somebody know?

  6. mcrvampire55 April 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    This sounds awesome! A great project. It makes me believe a little more in human kind. Any information as to being able to possibly donate to the construction?

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