December 14, 2012
Governors Island is still a somewhat hidden New York City gem, but not for long. The historic island, which exclusively housed Army troops and families from 1783 to the 1960s, is quickly becoming a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Visitors can travel back in time to climb on forts, ride bikes along paths, or marvel at the late 19th-century homes.
Recently, the island has been chosen to undergo a massive overhaul by urban design gurus, West 8. The firm plans to revitalize and enliven the island’s sprawling public spaces with custom lighting, seating, pathways, and outdoor lounge areas surrounded by new luscious gardens and woodlands. While West 8 has the island grounds covered, designers are now needed to revamp the aging architecture. The Trust for Governors Island has issued a request for proposals for any and all single and multiple buildings for commercial, educational, cultural, or mixed uses. Learn more about it here.