Trust for Governors Island Issues Request for Proposals for Interim Use of Two Venues on Governors Island


November 11, 2016. The Trust for Governors Island today issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFP) for interim uses on Governors Island. Building on the Island’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, The Trust seeks proposals for the creation of new food and beverage, cultural, recreational and entertainment uses located on the Island. Uses that could be produced in these locations include restaurants, catered event venues, concerts, exhibits, festivals, theatrical events, artistic performances, outdoor recreation and other types of entertainment or cultural productions. Organizations can submit proposals for large-scale uses for these sites for up to three years, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Uses will have the option to operate outside of the Island’s current public operating season and hours. The RFPs are available on the Trust’s website. All respondents must register with the Trust by November 18, 2016 and proposals are due on December 9, 2016.

“With the opening of the Hills, New York City’s newest world class park and a record number of visitors in 2016, Governors Island continues to grow as a destination for arts, culture and innovation,” said Michael Samuelian, president of The Trust for Governors Island. “We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity for new interim uses and programming to enhance the visitor experience on the Island.”

Two sites with incredible views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline are available through this RFP. The first, the Manhattan Ferry Landing site, is a one-acre paved area located on the Island’s northern shore, directly adjacent to Soissons Landing, which serves as a gateway for visitors arriving from Manhattan. The second location, the Western Development Zone, sits on the Island’s southern half between the waterfront promenade and the new park area, just north of its crowning feature, the Hills. This site is an open and flat eight acre area not currently accessible to the public. It is centrally located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan ferry landings, and has unobstructed views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty.

Given the critical importance of Governors Island continuing to operate primarily as a resource for the public, The Trust is seeking proposed uses that, among other criteria, will complement and be consistent with the public character of the Island and further activate the Island without impacting the visitor experience.

Use of these sites will be permitted for up to three years during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 public access season with the option of operating beyond the Island’s current season. The sites can also be used for ticketed nighttime events that occur after the Island’s normal operating hours. The Trust reserves the right to award both sites to the same respondent, two different respondents or no respondent.

Currently, Governors Island is open seasonally to the public from the end of May through the end of September. During that time, the Island hosts a wide range of arts, cultural, educational and recreational programs through OpenHouseGI. OpenHouseGI offers 150,000 square feet of indoor space in former officers’ houses and over 20 acres of outdoor space free of charge to organizations that create programming that is free and open to the public during the Island’s public season. The RFP announced today is for large scale interim uses, ticketed and private events on two sites and is not a part of the OpenHouseGI process. The permit process for OpenHouseGI will open in December, 2016.

In 2017, Governors Island will be open every day from May 27 through October 1. The Island is open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

About The Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is the not-for-profit corporation created by the City of New York that is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island.

The Trust’s mission is to transform Governors Island into a vibrant resource for New York City, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit and commercial facilities.

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