5. Governor’s Island

The Hills-Governors Island-Construction-Views-Lookout Hill-Slide Hill-Governors Island Trust-NYC_7View from The Hills, the latest new park on Governors Island

The southern part of Governor’s Island, where you will find The Hills today, was made from landfill that came out of the excavation of the Lexington Avenue subway (4/5/6 lines) in the early 1900s. This addition added 103 acres to the island bringing its total size to 172 acres. At the time of the expansion the land was flat.

The Hills, the new park which opened in 2016, themselves are specially engineered and made up of demolition debris from the implosion of Building 877 and other structures on the island along with dirt and gravel from upstate.