A Sound Test with Susan Philipsz

Above, Susan Philipsz is listening near and far during a sound test of her piece “Day is Done.” The piece is the first permanent public art commission for Governors Island. The sound test coincided with the opening of MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art, which features Susan Philipsz’s work, among other artists. You can read a great article in the New York Times about her work on Governors Island, the MoMA exhibition, and sound art more broadly, here.

Watch 11-Story Building Implosion on Governors Island in your Pajamas

This YouTube stream is dark now, but starting at 7:20 am on Sunday, June 9, you will be able to view the implosion of Building 877 on Governors Island.  The implosion is scheduled for 7:36 AM – don’t miss it! You can also view it from points around the harbor!


The implosion of Building 877, the tallest non-historic building on Governors Island will  open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty and create space for 30 acres of  new parks and public spaces.

Top 5 Places in NYC to Watch Sunday’s High-rise Implosion – Where Will YOU Be?

Building 877

Building 877

In order of AWESOME, here are our top five picks for places to watch us implode a derelict 11-story high-rise building on Governors Island to make way for the Island’s next chapters. We ‘re sure there are more! If you can see 877 now, you can see the implosion on Sunday.  Where will YOU be watching from?

The implosion will happen at 7:36 am on Sunday, June 9. If you’re not so much an early bird, you can view it live in your p.j.’s on on this blog or directly on YouTube.


5) The foot of Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
4) Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian and Bike Path, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
3) Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
2) Battery Park Promenade, Lower Manhattan
1) 7:30 AM Staten Island-bound Staten Island Ferry

Derelict Building on Southern End of Governors Island to be Imploded to Make Way for New Park

VERY EARLY on the morning of June 9th we will be imploding the largest non-historic building on Governors Island to make way for new public park spaces under construction. We’ll be streaming it live, and it will also be visible from points in and around the Harbor, including the Battery in Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, and Jersey City and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Check out this slideshow of Building 877 and the future park spaces:

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Building 877 is located on the Island’s southern end. It is a 115 foot, 11-story brick building and was built in 1968. The building, also called the Cunningham Apartments, housed 165 duplex apartments for members of the Coast Guard and their families.  Vacant since 1996, Building 877 is not landmarked and is located well outside the National Historic District on the northern half of the Island. This obsolete building does not comply with local or state building codes, was constructed with unacceptable levels of out-of-date materials and is therefore not fit for any future re-use.

To prepare for the implosion, Building 877 was abated and all hazardous materials were removed. As you can see from the slideshow, its brick façade was taken down. And in further preparation for the implosion, the remaining structure be shrouded with black geo-textile fabric to ensure debris remains in a secured, cordoned area. Using more than 200 pounds of dynamite, the implosion will take approximately 30 seconds.

As part of the Bloomberg Administration’s investment in the Island’s future, The Trust has been upgrading infrastructure, constructing new park spaces and demolishing obsolete buildings. The debris from Building 877 and the other buildings demolished is reused and recycled on the Island as fill in the creation of new park topography.

Field Report: High Above the Harbor

Check out these amazing aerial photos. From high above you can really see the transformation taking place on the South Island where we are creating 30 acres of new park and public space. Also, check out the amazing views of the Harbor, Brooklyn and beyond!


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Images courtesy Carlo Buscemi Imagery

New Signs on Governors Island

This past weekend,  workers installed a *HUGE* sign across on our big red gantries. The new sign says “Governors Island” and is part of the construction underway on the  first phase of our park and public space master plan.

The new signs are visible from as far away as the bike/ped path of the Brooklyn Bridge. Where else can you see it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kickstart Your Event on Governors Island!

Figment Festival 2012 on Governors Island. Photo: Ronay Menschel.

Governors Island welcomes all kinds of creative and unique exhibitions, festivals and experiences for our visitors each season. To help expand the projects on Governors Island for the 2013 season and beyond, we are so excited to be joining forces with Kickstarter! On Tuesday April 16th, we will be hosting a little shin-dig with Kickstarter and FIGMENT on how you can use Kickstarter to bring your project to Governors Island.

Kickstarter’s Art Program Director Stephanie Pereira will give a primer on how to bring a Kickstarter project to life. Lynda Realmuto, the Director of Special Events and Public Programs at the Trust for Governors Island, will be joining her to discuss permits, logistics, spaces, and everything you need to know to bring your plan to the Island—however it is funded. David Koren, Executive Director of Figment will dive deep into how he used Kickstarter to launch an art festival on Governors Island each June.

What:                   Kickstart Your Project on Governors Island

Where:                Kickstarter’s Offices, 155 Rivington Street (b/w Clinton and Suffolk)

When:                  Tuesday, April 16th, 7pm – 9pm

RSVP:                    Lynda Realmuto – lrealmuto at govisland.nyc.gov

Space will fill up quickly so please RSVP to reserve your spot! Hope to see you there.

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since April 2009, more than three million people have pledged more than $400 million to projects by creators who always maintain full ownership and complete creative control of their work. 

Governors Island is thrilled to have hosted dozens of organizations that bring pigs, unicycles, tree houses, math, art, design—you name it—for our hundreds of thousands of visitors. We at Governors Island are committed to hosting any project that gets funding and fulfills our permit requirements. For more information on bringing projects to Governors Island and to download permit requirements, visit our website.

FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think and dream. FIGMENT hosts an annual summer-long exhibition on Governors Island that includes an interactive sculpture garden, an artist-designed mini-golf course, and an architectural pavilion co-presented with ENYA and SEAoNY.