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New York City is always bustling, after all, it is known as the city that never sleeps. There are only a few places that offers an escape. Ever since Governors Island have opened its doors for visitors, it has been the escape. However, the Island needs to go through some changes to be a perfect recreational area worthy for the people of New York. History To understand the Governors Island and fix its problems, we need to look at the history. It was originally owned by the Lenape tribe and used as a fishing camp, the island was called Pagganck or Nooten Eylandt, meaning Nut Island. This is because the island was home to many chestnut, oak, and hickory trees. In 1637, a Representative from Holland purchased the island from the tribe. A few…show more content…
After several years under the US Coast Guard, the Island fell into disrepair, but the people of New York saw its potential. In 2003, the People of New York bought 150 acres of Governors Island for $1 dollar. The remaining 22 acres were declared Governors Island National Monument, which is under the care and control of the National Park Service. Current Construction Plans and Issues Since Governor’s Island was designed as a military base and closed off from the public for a very long time, it was not suitable for visitors looking for recreation. The middle portion has a large open ground space, but the high buildings complexes that surrounded the perimeter of the island blocked it. The only recreational area is on the northern point of the island with the Fort Day monument. The lack of transportation in the island is also an issue. Governor’s Island has kept a pact “to keep the Island as car-free as possible; that 's part of what makes the Island so unique!” To get to the island, they have a ferry services from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Once within the island, the only mode of transportation is bicycle. Since the island is only 2.2 miles long along the perimeter, these two modes of transportation are enough, and it takes you away from any aspects of the busy New York City. Since the Island was transferred to the hands of the City of New York in 2003, Governors Island became the
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