Governors Island Redesign To Focus On Parkspace

<p>A design has been chosen for the redevelopment of Governors Island in New York. The winning proposal plans to convert most of the island into parkspace.</p>
December 23, 2007, 11am PST | Nate Berg
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"More than 10 years after the Coast Guard left Governors Island in New York Harbor, a team of architects has been selected to design a grandly whimsical green 40-acre park on its southern half that public officials hope will ultimately attract commercial development."

"The design, commissioned by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, calls for transforming much of the flat, sober island, which is roughly a half-mile from Lower Manhattan, into green space. That includes a two-mile promenade at the water's edge, a new park on the southern flat expanse of landfill - where abandoned Coast Guard buildings are to be demolished - and an improved park in the island's northern historic district. The architects proposed using the detritus from the buildings that are to be destroyed to form hills that would exploit the island's views, which include the Statue of Liberty."

"'We have to create a completely new and original experience,' Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff said yesterday. 'We've always seen the parks as the catalyst to the development of the rest of the island.'"

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Published on Thursday, December 20, 2007 in The New York Times
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