New York’s Next Great Place – Governors Island Park Design Forum

Governors Island Alliance and the AIA New York Chapter, APA New York Metro Chapter and the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in association with the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) and Governors Island National Monument are pleased to invite you to a forum on the development of the parks and public spaces on Governors Island. The forum will feature discussions on design opportunities and challenges, the interaction of public and private spaces, and creative programming, at a time when GIPEC is launching its design competition for the Island’s parks and public spaces.


  • Leslie Koch, President, GIPEC
  • Linda Neal, Superintendent, Governors Island National Monument
  • Robert Pirani, Executive Director, Governors Island Alliance
  • Welcome by Rick Bell, AIA NY Chapter


  • Laurie Olin, Olin Partnership
  • Jane Thompson, Thompson Design Group
  • Mark Strauss, FXFOWLE Architects
  • Moderated by Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association


Forum: Governors Island Redesign Competition

The proposals for the Governors Island open space redesign are in! The five finalists in the competition to design the Island’s open spaces will present their work at a public forum. Meet the jury that will advise GIPEC on the selection of a design team for the Island’s open spaces.

Governors Island to Serve as Testing Ground for NYC Bike-Share

Visitors to Governors Island will get to ride these bikes for free on Fridays this summer. Last December Streetsblog noted that a new park planned for Governors Island would include a bike-share fleet, scheduled to debut in 2012. Turns out the wait for free bikes will be a lot shorter. Starting this week, 250 bikes […]

Go to Car-Free Governors Island

Go to Governor’s Island! A StreetFilm by Clarence Eckerson Jr. and Trorb Productions Running Time: 4 minutes 18 seconds Governors Island is a car-free, New York City paradise and now it’s open to the public on weekends from June thru Sept 2nd. Find all the details on the Governors Island Alliance website. To get there, […]

Streetfilms: FIGMENT Festival on Governors Island

A couple of weekends ago, FIGMENT, a non-profit art and culture festival, held its 2008 event on Governors Island. Streetfilms contributor Nick Whitaker was there. Partnering with Governors Island, the producers of FIGMENT hope to increase the enjoyment of art by placing it in an under-utilized public space just minutes from downtown. FIGMENT is free […]

City’s First Bike Share Planned for Governors Island

It ain’t the Velib, but yesterday it was announced that Dutch team West 8 would design a 40-acre park for Governors Island, which will include a fleet of 3,000 wooden bicycles free for use by island visitors. The Times reports: The design, commissioned by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, calls for transforming much […]