Written by Benjamin Fishbein, Reposted from Gotham Gazette.

Governors Island will be open to the public year-round with daily ferry service starting November 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Trust for Governors Island announced on September 28. The 172-acre island in New York Harbor, which was previously only open to the public from May to October, is about to undergo major changes and, officials hope, play a significant role in the city’s future.

Just a half-mile south of Manhattan, Governors Island is already a destination for recreation and beautiful views, but it is now set to become home to a global center for climate change research and additional new attractions.

“We need to use our land smartly, to drive innovation, revenue, and to continue to be New York City, the global center of the world,” said Alicia Glen, chair of the Trust for Governors Island and a former Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development under de Blasio, who appointed her to head the Trust. Glen appeared in July on the What’s The [Data] Point? podcast from Gotham Gazette and Citizens Budget Commission.

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