The Trust For Governors Island and Bloomberg Philanthropies launch new digital guide to enrich visitor experience – Harlem World Magazine


Today, the Trust for Governors Island launched a new digital guide to Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Bloomberg Connects app helps expand Governors Island’s accessibility for onsite and offsite visits with multimedia features that provide insight into this unique landmark in New York Harbor (especially since they are only 40 minutes from Harlem).

“New York City is back and we’re getting the message out,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “Governors Island is one of our city’s true gems, and this new digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app will help us share this great asset and all that our city has to offer with more New Yorkers and visitors. .”

“We are thrilled to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch this new digital guide to Governors Island,” said Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “Visitors to the island from around the world will be able to deepen their experience by exploring this accessible library of information about our transformative arts and culture programs, recreational activities and amenities, historic buildings, and more.

The new guide contains detailed information to enrich the experience of visitors to Governors Island, with sections that include popular activities and free leisure activities, as well as a detailed map allowing visitors to navigate the island during their visit. Additionally, Governors Island Arts – the public arts and culture program presented by the Trust – features prominently in the guide, with detailed sections on public art commissions dating back to 2014, information on the two dozen organizations seasonal residencies at Nolan Park and Colonels Row, and features on upcoming events and free programs. Visitors will also be able to explore more of Governors Island’s historic buildings through the app, with a virtual Historic District exhibit illuminating the island’s architectural history.

“Helping more people enjoy all that Governors Island has to offer is a continuation of the work the Bloomberg administration began 20 years ago, working with our partners to turn an untapped treasure into one of the most great parks in the world,” said Patricia E. Harris. , CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Our Bloomberg Connects app will allow anyone with a smartphone to navigate the island, learn its history and enjoy all the free recreational and cultural activities that take place there. best time to explore an island that always offers new reasons to visit.”

“Governors Island is one of New York City’s most dynamic and fascinating destinations, and there is now so much more to discover here, thanks to the partnership with Bloomberg Connects,” said Merritt Birnbaum, executive director of Friends of Governors Island. “This new online tool brings history, art, culture, recreation and science to life in a convenient and accessible format that will be a great resource for visitors. The ability to use the map feature to enrich their experience as they navigate the public space will be a game changer for exploration.

The Bloomberg Connects app is available for download from Google Play or the App Store. Visitors can download and explore on site by connecting to Governors Island’s free Wi-Fi.

Bloomberg Connects offers free digital guides to cultural organizations around the world. The app platform is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ long-standing commitment to supporting digital innovation in the arts. Bloomberg Connects makes it easy to access and interact with arts and culture from mobile devices while visiting in person or anytime from anywhere. With dynamic content exclusive to each partner organization, the app provides a range of features including video, audio and text; expert commentary; and orientation maps. Follow Bloomberg Connects on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on new guidebook launches, exhibit highlights, and more.

Governors Island has undergone a huge transformation over the past decade, including the creation of a resilient 43-acre park, a growing arts and culture program, year-round public access, and remarkable audience growth. In 2003, the federal government ceded Governors Island to the city and state, which jointly operated the island. In 2010, NYC took sole control of Governors Island. During the Bloomberg administration, the city invested more than $250 million in transforming and improving the island’s infrastructure, including space for public art installations.

The island is home to a large number of year-round tenants, including Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Billion Oyster Project, Shandaken Projects, Beam Center, Institute for Public Architecture, and QC NY Spa. , as well as the soon-to-open Buttermilk Labs – a new multi-tenant hub for coastal climate solutions slated to open in 2024.

Governors Island is open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, the island is open to the public until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Ferries operated by Trust for Governors Island run daily between the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on the island. Trust-operated ferries also serve two Brooklyn locations on weekends through September 25, 2022: Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. For timetables and ticketing information, visit

Additionally, the Soissons Landing area on Governors Island will remain open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday as part of “Sunset at Soissons Landing,” a new initiative this summer that will expand evening access to Governors Island, allowing visitors to enjoy food, drink and sunsets on Soissons Landing evenings through October 31.

Round-trip ferry tickets are $4 for adults. Governors Island ferries are always free for children 12 and under, seniors 65 and older, NYCHA residents, IDNYC holders, current and former military service members and Governors members. Island. Ferries before noon on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There is no supplement for bicycles or strollers at any time.

NYC Ferry also serves Governors Island daily, with weekday service on the South Brooklyn route and via the Summer Weekend Shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11. For ticketing information and schedules NYC Ferry complete, visit

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 941 cities and 173 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for as many people as possible.

The organization focuses on five key areas to create lasting change: arts, education, environment, government innovation and public health.

Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation and personal philanthropy as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consulting firm that works in cities around the world.

In 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.66 billion. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, instagram, Youtube, Twitterand LinkedIn.

The Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is the non-profit corporation established by New York City that is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island.

The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers, demonstrating a bold vision for public space. For more information, visit

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