Governors Island Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Governors Island

DATE: 1821

STYLE: Military

Governors Island Manhattan Military

Designated June 18, 1996

Governors Island is located one-half mile south of Manhattan Island in New York Harbor. The Governors Island historic district was home to the United States Army from 1821 until 1966 and from 1966 to 1997 the United States Coast Guard has headquartered on the island. It currently has three surviving fortifications. The island is a conglomerate of beautiful open space with waterfront views of New York City, former military outpost and military personal housing. Today the island a car-free public park.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor. The island's name, made official in 1784, stems from the British colonial era, when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors. The island has a long history...

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“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

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“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

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“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society