February 1, 2003 |
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.
August 16, 2004 |
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.
December 7, 1988 |
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.
April 30, 1986 |
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.
July 9, 1986 |
"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.
April 2, 2002 |
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.