Guidelines for Governors Island
May 7th, 2006

Proposals for how to develop Governors Island are due to City Hall next week, and the New York Times offers four guiding principles for deciding what happens next:

1. It must not be driven by deals with real estate developers.

2. Officials must insure that there are grand public spaces, and be ready to pay for them.

3. Preservationists must accept some major commercial buildings on the south end of the island as the price for the island’s long -term viability.

4. Castle William and Fort Jay, at the north end of the island, would be a powerful tourist attraction when restored.

By on May 7, 2006, 1:01 pm
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One Response to “Guidelines for Governors Island”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    May 8th, 2006 at 7:39 am

    I’m disappointed they didn’t add a fifth — the island must have enough revenue to be self-supporting, rather than serving as a fiscal drain accessible primarily to the affluent (who could afford the trip over) that sucks up resources from the already-underfunded parks in poor neigbborhoods. Nothing is more important than that.

    I only wish the federal government had kept it, to eliminate that threat. Though it would be more difficult now that the city and state are involved (note Ground Zero, public toilets, or the new plan every four years for Governors Island) I still say the best solution is an international peace island (and perpetual world’s fair) occupied by the UN and embassies, funded by the sale of their existing Manhattan locations, which would return to the tax rolls.

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