Giving an Identity and Purpose to Governors Island

The New York Times takes a look at plans to redesign Governors Island, control of which was recently take over by the City of New York.

Critic Nicolai Ouroussoff reviews the plans and argues that the redesign will bring the island exactly what it needs -- an identity.

The City of New York "will push ahead with a plan that includes a 2.2-mile-long waterfront promenade and a 40-acre park, offers reassuring evidence that even in difficult times it is possible to get the tricky balance between public good and private interests right - or at least right enough.

The plan, by Adriaan Geuze of the Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8, calls for a park that, if realized, will eventually include a cluster of steep, artificially created hills that form a focal point at the park's center, visually tying it back to the city. Its wildly original array of parkscapes - including a 'hammock grove,' a grottolike shelter, playing fields and marshlands - will give the island the kind of strong identity it currently lacks."

Full Story: Governors Island Vision Adds Hills and Hammocks

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