Last month, the Trust for Governors Island began demolition of four high rise buildings on Governors Island. This demolition is part of a long term capital spending project by the Trust to improve the island’s public infrastructure and build about 30 new acres of park space.
Building 844 is the first of four buildings to have been demolished. The 80,000 square foot building was 70 feet high and was built in 1957 to house military personnel and their families. In recent times the usage of building 844 has been many including being used in 2008 by the New York City Fire Department for testing and was also previously used for scenes in the movie American Gangster.
While Building 844 has already been demolished, the other three high-rise building on Governor’s Island will not be completely demolished until the late next spring.
Enhancing Island Beauty
Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island argues that “By demolishing these decrepit buildings, we are taking the next critical steps to creating an exceptional new park and public spaces.”
However, in addition to creating more space, the ongoing program of demolition is expected to increase the aesthetic appeal of the island for visitors and make the island more scenic.
“Removing these buildings will open up extraordinary views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor that will be enjoyed by thousands who visit Governors Island,” said Ronay Menschel, Chair of The Trust for Governors Island. “This is a milestone in our work to create the new park that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”
The 30 new acres of park slated and carved out for construction include the Liggett Terrace (a six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, and public art), Hammock Grove (a ten acre space that contains 2,000 new trees, play areas and hammocks) and the Play Lawn (14 acres dedicated for play and relaxation, including two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball).