New York’s Lost Island Renewed

February 15, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

Before the federal government sold 150 acres of Governors Island to the people of New York in 2003, “there was a blank in the heart of the city,” says Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island, the governing body, jointly shared by the City and State of New York. Today, the island, with its bucolic views of New York Harbor, has been transformed into an educational and recreational resource for the hundreds of thousands who visit from May through September each year. “It’s been a challenge to redevelop the land, but as a result, Governors Island is now a living, breathing part of the city,” says Koch who presented her “Reimagining Governors Island” lecture, detailing the Trust’s efforts thus far, at the Graduate Center at an event sponsored by the Macaulay Honors College.
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