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Governors Island. Photo courtesy Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation

Governors Island has come a long way, from its settlement in the Native American era to its continual bustling use from the Revolutionary War through the late 20th century, to its transformation into a green, urban getaway. But like many historic places, it too was in danger of being lost and the National Trust for Historic Preservation added it to its list of 11 Most Endangered Places in 1998. Yesterday, the Trust announced that Governors Island is one of its success stories – and this year’s list highlights 10 other places in this category including Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco, the historic theaters in Boston, President Abraham Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, D.C  and more.

“Governors Island has been transformed from an underused historic property into an active and indelible community resource that is loved by native New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. New York City, in the meantime, has been actively pursuing ways to make the island accessible all year round instead of just in the summer months.

Today, the island is administered by two institutions: The National Park Service runs the Governors Island National Monument, while the Trust for Governors Island operates the rest of the island as a public park. Last summer, we offered an early access tours to the new park, The Hills, and this summer we have another special tour in the works. Sign up for advance notice here:

Next, check out the Top 10 Secrets of Governors Island.

 Governors Island, National Trust for Historic Preservation

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