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July 25, 2003 | From Reuters
Governors Island, central to the defense of New York Harbor since the American Revolution, was opened to the public Thursday for the first time in more than 200 years. A portion of the island was declared a national monument in January when the federal government turned the land over to joint oversight by New York City and the state of New York. The island is half a mile from the lower tip of Manhattan.
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August 16, 2004 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Governors Island is a place of paradoxes, a 172-acre island just a five-minute ferry ride from Manhattan that was off-limits to ordinary New Yorkers for more than two centuries. Dutch settlers purchased Governors Island in 1637 from the Lenape Indians for two ax heads, a couple of nails and a string of beads. President Bush sold the former military base to the city and state in 2003 for $1.
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November 5, 1995 | ROBERT MONROE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The first time it changed hands, Governors Island sold for two ax heads, a string of beads and a handful of nails. The next time around it could go for $500 million--or $1. The Coast Guard plans to leave the New York harbor island by the end of 1998, closing its largest base and saving $30 million a year. If Congress approves, the city and state would get first crack at acquiring the property just 800 yards off Manhattan's southern tip.
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July 25, 2003 | From Reuters
Governors Island, central to the defense of New York Harbor since the American Revolution, was opened to the public Thursday for the first time in more than 200 years. A portion of the island was declared a national monument in January when the federal government turned the land over to joint oversight by New York City and the state of New York. The island is half a mile from the lower tip of Manhattan.
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February 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
After more than 200 years under federal control, Governors Island in New York Harbor was transferred to New York state Friday for $1. Gov. George Pataki handed a dollar bill to President Bush at the White House to complete the deal for the island, which is between Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. "Governors Island really can be and should be the crown jewel of New York Harbor," Pataki said.
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August 16, 2004 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Governors Island is a place of paradoxes, a 172-acre island just a five-minute ferry ride from Manhattan that was off-limits to ordinary New Yorkers for more than two centuries. Dutch settlers purchased Governors Island in 1637 from the Lenape Indians for two ax heads, a couple of nails and a string of beads. President Bush sold the former military base to the city and state in 2003 for $1.
NEWS
December 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Governors Island is an apt setting for a meeting between the leaders of the world's nuclear rivals--it bristles with fortifications never tested. Two years ago the island was the center of the spectacular Liberty Weekend celebration, and today it will be the scene of a meeting between Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
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April 30, 1986 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Major crime doesn't exist. No one can remember a mugging. Spacious three-bedroom apartments with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty rent for less than $400 a month. Residents enjoy two swimming pools, a nine-hole golf course, a bowling alley and a general store. Governors Island is a New York City paradox and one of its best kept secrets. Its red brick buildings, historic houses, spreading shade trees and grassy commons resemble a picturesque New England village.
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April 2, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush said Monday that he intends to return Governors Island, a historic 172-acre parcel of prime federal property in New York Harbor, to the city and the state of New York, a move that officials said should help revitalize Manhattan's economy. Bush's action also would enable officials to relocate to the island a portion of City University of New York, which would open up classroom space to alleviate overcrowding throughout the city's school system.
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July 9, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
"Hi. I'm with Suzanne," was Dr. Joseph Marx's introduction to the eclectic group of Californians they'd gathered at a wrap-up Liberty Weekend brunch at the Hotel Pierre. From VIP Angelenos, the reviews of the weekend's events were rave.
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February 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
After more than 200 years under federal control, Governors Island in New York Harbor was transferred to New York state Friday for $1. Gov. George Pataki handed a dollar bill to President Bush at the White House to complete the deal for the island, which is between Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. "Governors Island really can be and should be the crown jewel of New York Harbor," Pataki said.
NEWS
April 2, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush said Monday that he intends to return Governors Island, a historic 172-acre parcel of prime federal property in New York Harbor, to the city and the state of New York, a move that officials said should help revitalize Manhattan's economy. Bush's action also would enable officials to relocate to the island a portion of City University of New York, which would open up classroom space to alleviate overcrowding throughout the city's school system.
NEWS
November 5, 1995 | ROBERT MONROE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The first time it changed hands, Governors Island sold for two ax heads, a string of beads and a handful of nails. The next time around it could go for $500 million--or $1. The Coast Guard plans to leave the New York harbor island by the end of 1998, closing its largest base and saving $30 million a year. If Congress approves, the city and state would get first crack at acquiring the property just 800 yards off Manhattan's southern tip.
NEWS
December 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Governors Island is an apt setting for a meeting between the leaders of the world's nuclear rivals--it bristles with fortifications never tested. Two years ago the island was the center of the spectacular Liberty Weekend celebration, and today it will be the scene of a meeting between Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
NEWS
July 9, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
"Hi. I'm with Suzanne," was Dr. Joseph Marx's introduction to the eclectic group of Californians they'd gathered at a wrap-up Liberty Weekend brunch at the Hotel Pierre. From VIP Angelenos, the reviews of the weekend's events were rave.
NEWS
June 29, 1986 | MARTHA GROVES and DEBRA WHITEFIELD, Times Staff Writers
Gracing the Hotel Parker Meridien's marble atrium on West 57th Street this week is another Statue of Liberty given by the French to their American friends. It stands 15 feet, weighs 4,000 pounds and was flown here aboard a 747 from Paris. However, it is made not of bronze or copper but of bittersweet chocolate. At Bloomingdale's on Lexington Avenue, the bunting is out and the aisles are positively star-spangled.
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June 29, 1986 | MARTHA GROVES and DEBRA WHITEFIELD, Times Staff Writers
Gracing the Hotel Parker Meridien's marble atrium on West 57th Street this week is another Statue of Liberty given by the French to their American friends. It stands 15 feet, weighs 4,000 pounds and was flown here aboard a 747 from Paris. However, it is made not of bronze or copper but of bittersweet chocolate. At Bloomingdale's on Lexington Avenue, the bunting is out and the aisles are positively star-spangled.
NEWS
July 12, 1988
Negotiations began in New York on ending South Africa's 73-year rule over neighboring Namibia and fixing a timetable for the withdrawal of an estimated 50,000 Cuban troops from Marxist-ruled Angola. Officials from South Africa, Angola, Cuba and the United States met privately at the U.S. Coast Guard base on Governors Island. The session, chaired by Chester A. Crocker, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, is expected to end late today or Wednesday.
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April 30, 1986 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Major crime doesn't exist. No one can remember a mugging. Spacious three-bedroom apartments with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty rent for less than $400 a month. Residents enjoy two swimming pools, a nine-hole golf course, a bowling alley and a general store. Governors Island is a New York City paradox and one of its best kept secrets. Its red brick buildings, historic houses, spreading shade trees and grassy commons resemble a picturesque New England village.
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