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Governors Island

July 5, 2010

Yesterday we headed out to Governors Island for the fourth of July celebrations and to check out a free concert by Johnny Cash’s daughter Rosanne Cash.

Unfortunately I didn’t capture any pictures of the day as I spent the majority of it sitting on the ground, covering myself in water and trying not to throw up. It was incredibly hot yesterday, and this combined with jet lag and a lag of sleep resulted in me having to leave the island prematurely.

However, I can share with you some photos from our first trip to Governors Island about a month ago for the free Yeasayers concert.  Over summer The Beach @ Governors Island hosts a concert series providing numerous free gigs along side ticketed shows. Here’s the 2010 summer schedule:

Sat Jul 10

Lucero

Fri Jul 16

Caribou & Phantogram

Wed Jul 21

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Sat Jul 24

MIA

Fri Aug 06

Corinne Bailey Rae

Sat Aug 07

Local Natives

Sun Aug 08

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Thu Aug 12

Grizzly Bear

Sat Aug 14

Neon Indian

Sun Aug 15

Dr. Dog

A little bit of history on Governors Island (a.k.a.) Ice Cream Cone Island courtesy of Wikipedia.

Governors Island is a 172 acre in New York Bay, about half a mile from the southern tip or Manhattan.  The island was expanded by approximately 82 acres  of landfill on its southern side when the Lexington Avenue subway was excavated in the early 1900s.

First named by the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, it was called Noten Eylant (and later in pidgin language Nutten Island) from 1611 to 1784. The island’s current name—made official eight years after the 1776 Declaration of Independence—stems from British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York’s royal governors.

Defensive works were raised on the island in 1776 by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, and fired upon British ships before falling into enemy hands. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post. From 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. In 2001, the two historical fortifications and their surroundings became a National Monument. On January 31, 2003, control of most of the island was transferred to the State ofNew York for a symbolic $1, but 13% of the island (22 acres or 9 ha) was transferred to the United States Department of the Interior as the Governors Island National Monument, administered by the National Park Service. The national monument area is in the early stages of development and open only on a seasonal basis, so services and facilities are limited.

The portion of the island not included in the National Monument is administered by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), a public corporation of the State of New York. The transfer included deed restrictions which prohibit permanent housing or casinos on the island.

The national historic landmark district, approximately 92 acres (37 ha) of the northern half of the island, is open to the public for several months in the summer and early fall. Additionally the circumferential drive around the island is also open to the public. The island is accessed by free ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Yeasayer Concert – Governors Island, 5th June 2010.

* Some of these pictures were taken by Karl.

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