Governors Island is in New York Harbor. The National Park Service administers a small portion of the north end of the island as the Governors Island National Monument, including two former military fortifications named Fort Jay and Castle Williams. The Trust for Governors Island operates the rest of the island. The Lenape originally referred to it as Paggank or nut island” because of the various chestnut, hickory, and oak trees. Historians believe that the Lenape used the island for seasonal foraging and hunting.
I visited Governors Island during Memorial Day weekend 2022. Every time I visit, I love it even more. It is a wonderful oasis in the middle of a bustling city. This photo essay is actually my second one to feature the island. The first was of a Jazz Age Lawn Party. It probably won’t’ be my last.