Governors Island Seeks Food Vendors for 2017 Season


Calling all NYC Food Vendors! The permit process for the 2017 season is now open. The Trust seeks proposals for vendors to provide high-quality, reasonably priced and delicious food options for visitors both during weekdays and on weekends. Vendors such as mobile food trucks, coffee vendors, carts and pop up concessions can submit proposals to bring their food to Governors Island during the 2017 public access season, which will be open from May 1-October 1. The online permit application is available here. Applications are due on March 10, 2017.

“Each season, Governors Island offers visitors an array of food options and cuisines as diverse as New York City itself”, said Michael Samuelian, President and CEO of The Trust for Governors Island. “With a new park open, a record number of visitors in 2016 and a longer season in 2017, we are eager to expand our food and beverage offerings and find vendors who share our passion for the Island’s spirit of openness and diversity.”

With a record number of visitors to the Island in 2016, the Trust seeks a wide-range of food and beverage vendors representing a variety of cuisines and providing high-quality options that enhance the visitor experience. Applicants should reflect a wide-range of menu options and price points.

Two dynamic, highly trafficked and centrally located sites are available for food vendors submitting proposals through this permit process. The first, Liggett Terrace Food Court serves as a gateway to the Island’s new 40-acre park, located a short walk from both the Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry landings and directly adjacent to Colonels Row, an area with beautiful historic buildings and sprawling lawns activated with programming throughout the summer. The second site, the Kings Avenue Food Court is a tree-lined street flanked by historic buildings, also adjacent to the dynamic and bustling Colonels Row. Each location will be home to multiple vendors of different types of food.

Applicants are welcome to indicate a preference for one location or another, and may also propose food at both locations. Applicants should also indicate their preference for days of operations, with preference given to proposers who make season-long commitments. Last year, The Island welcomed nearly 600,000 visitors over the course of the season and weekday visitors doubled. The Island typically welcomes 10,000 visitors each weekend day and 3,000 visitors each weekday. More than 75% of visitors to the Island are from New York City and over 90% are from the Tri-State area.