NY Officials Agree on Plan for Governors Island

NEW YORK (AP) - A new master plan for Governors Island calls for a 2.2-mile promenade to be created along the waterfront and 87 acres to developed as open green space.

Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the new plan on Sunday for the island, a former military base just off the tip of Lower Manhattan.

New York City will have the primary responsibility for developing the island.

Governors Island served as an Army base and then a Coast Guard base for nearly two centuries.

Most of the island was transferred to New York State in 2003. The National Park Service manages the rest, the 22-acre Governors Island National Monument.

Governors Island is accessible by ferry and is now open to the public during the summer and early fall.

To see renderings of the Park and Public Space Master Plan, please click here.