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    Rendering of Governors Island rezoning (photo: Governors Island Coalition)


    The Friends of Governors Island’s (FGI) main rationale for the proposed Governors Island Rezoning Plan — making Governors Island financially self-sufficient and accessible year round — isn’t supported and doesn’t justify turning the "172-acre oasis" into essentially a backyard for  high-rise, high-density development. Their April 2 op-ed at Gotham Gazette states, "Those of us who love

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    Governors Island (photo: Carlo Buscemi)


    Governors Island is a 172-acre oasis that’s just a stone’s throw from the Statue of Liberty. But despite its position at the very heart of the five boroughs, most New Yorkers can’t locate it on a map. Closed off from the public for centuries, the island boasts a rich and little-known history. Thanks to two decades of progress, it's found new life as a summer escape for city dwellers, but its future has remained a question mark – until now.

    The City Council is considering a plan by the Trust for Governors

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