Now that New York City owns Governors Island once again, it's time to figure out what to do with it.
The Governors Island Alliance, a coalition of civic, environmental and preservation organizations, has issued a report with some ideas to make the former military outpost visitor-friendly. The study says the island should be off-limit to cars and include new beaches, piers and wetlands.
Dutch settlers bought the island from Native Americans in 1637, and it got its name from the colonial governors who lived there. It became a military facility in the 1800s, and was most recently occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard. The federal government sold the island back to the city last year for $1.
The northern end of the island has historic buildings run by the National Park Service. The rest of the island is free to be developed.
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