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PHOTOS: First Look at New Park on Governors Island

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The city unveiled a new park on Governors Island on Thursday with curving paths, towering sculptures and dozens of hammocks. Though it won't open to visitors until May 2014, we got a sneak peek.

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World War II Through the Eyes of Student Historians

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A museum exhibit on World War II occupies a very natural habitat this summer: historic Governors Island. The photography and propaganda exhibit was entirely curated by students from the New York Historical Society's internship program.

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Debris-Filled "Hills" to Rise on Governors Island

Thursday, July 25, 2013

City officials broke ground Thursday for a new park at the southern end of Governors Island that will use debris, dirt and remnants of an imploded building to create sloping landscapes and winding pathways.

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Glass Lab on Governor's Island

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in the United States, and to celebrate, the Corning Museum of Glass has built a mobile Glass Lab, which is traveling around the country giving free glassblowing demonstrations and working with designers to create unique forms in glass. This month it's been at Governors Island, working with designers from the Cooper-Hewitt exhibit there. Master glassblower Eric Meek and with designer Harry Allen tell us about the program and about how to blow glass.

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Look | Artists Design Blown Glass on Governors Island

Friday, June 29, 2012

From Saturday through July 29, graphic artists, with the help of professional glassblowers, will try out their designs on glass even if they've never worked with the material before. See a slideshow of glassmaking on Governors Island.

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Features

Roaring 1920s Jazz Party Takes Over Governors Island

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Governors Island is taking a trip back to the 1920s this weekend -- for an outdoor Jazz Age-era party. From flappers to tappers, guests are expected to don their best period costumes for dancing and dining.

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First New York Poetry Festival Takes Over Governors Island

Monday, July 25, 2011

The First Annual New York Poetry Festival takes place this weekend in and among the green lawns, rows of London Plane trees and historic brick houses of Governors Island. More than 130 poets from across the country will read their work.

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Features

A Gaming Revolution: New Yorkers Take to the Streets for Come Out & Play Festival

Friday, July 08, 2011

Come Out & Play, a festival of innovative outdoor games, is heading into its final week in New York. If you haven’t yet  had a chance to partake in the fun and games, not to worry: there are plenty left to be played.

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Figment Festival Brings Whimsy and Art to Governor's Island

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Figment festival at Governor's Island takes public art to a new level, inviting visitors to the free festival at Governor's Island to participate. From a Stealth Fighter made out of astro-turf to an audio project that makes sounds according to movement, the festival's only rule seems to be: don't sit still.

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NYC Parks: Picnics, Birdwatching and Biking in All the Five Boroughs

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The solstice may not officially ring in summer till June 21, but that's no reason to hold off on celebrating this week's warm weather with family and friends (and a nice pair of white pants, perhaps) in one of the city's free public parks. Here's our shortlist to the best.

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Features

Where to Hit the Beach in New York City

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's time to stash the sleds and snowgear and dust off the boogie board: There's a beach in your borough in which you can lounge, slather on some sunblock and enjoy a good read. Don't forget to leave the cigarettes at home — city beaches are now smoke-free.

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Rocking the Bells, Retro, at Governor's Island

Friday, August 27, 2010

This Saturday's Rock the Bells hip hop festival will have fans reminiscing about the battered cassette tapes of yore. The big headliners are Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest and Wu Tang Clan. To some, that's as close to a hip-hop trinity as it gets.

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Datebook: Aug. 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Photographers depict states of transition at the Met Museum, another dose of reality TV art (this time in Manhattan) and a birthday party (with cake!) for abstract art in Brooklyn — not to mention a full menu of regular events on Governors Island. Get it while it's hot, because with summer coming to a close, some of these happenings won't be around for long.

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Difficult NYC: The Report from Governor's Island

Monday, July 26, 2010

On a searing hot day, a boatload of revelers dressed in warmed-over early 90's fashion went to an island to hear some music. 

It didn't go well.

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Gig Alerts: M.I.A.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The inventive and political MC headlines the Hard NYC show Saturday at the South Island Field at Governors Island. Download her industrialized track "Steppin' Up."

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With Visions of Future Hilltops (and Potable Water) Governors Island Re-opens

Friday, June 04, 2010

If art exhibits, outdoor music or car-free bike-riding aren’t enough of a draw, consider visiting Governors Island for a peek at a massive urban redevelopment project.

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Permanence and Transience on Governors Island

Friday, June 26, 2009

Project for the New American Century

They’re jokingly calling it ‘Staycation Island,’ or so says one of the PR people affiliated with Governors Island. And why not? In the summertime, it’s free to take the ferry there, and once you’re on the island, you can meander around the perimeter and gawk at the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Or you can leave the water behind (while still enjoying its breezes), immerse yourself in the island’s interior, and pretend you’re at any number of bucolic destinations much farther away than the 10-minute boat ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Listen to our Morning Edition story on the island's new art installation and check out a slideshow, after the jump.

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Governors...er Mayor's Island

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is trying to convince the state to relinquish control of Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park to the city. Currently both parks are jointly funded by the city and the state, but in Governor Paterson's current fiscal budget there are no funds allocated for ...

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