Please be advised that our permit system is currently undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable today, Monday, February 19, to return tomorrow, February 20.

The Public Works Department Presents: Sanctuary City

through October 29
Saturdays, Sundays
Nolan Park

The Public Works Department presents Sanctuary Cities; a multi disciplinary offering of theater, music, and installation-based audio-visual performance. Join us for a wide array of immersive programming including: public workshops with street artists, the showing of new work from nine exciting New York City ensemble driven companies, monthly concerts on the grass and innovative site based performance art and expanded cinema productions. Contribute towards the library of empty books, come play in interactive light installations, or come join on the grass with a cup of tea and drone, noise, jazz, experimental electronic, ambient, and techno offerings amongst many other genres for desert.

This Weekend:

Armory: The Library of Empty Books

Kids, teenagers, and adults became authors, writing their stories into blank journals lining our bookshelves. The Library will be open to the public all summer. At the culmination of this five month residency, it will be home to the multitude of the diverse voices that make up New York City. Come take part and be an author!
Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 PM

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

UK based artists Melissa Chambers & Candace Thompson present We Don’t Live Here Anymore, a locative sound journey experienced individually exploring the layered experience of loss and of leaving home. As the audience delve back and forward through a palimpsest of people, stories and and historical events, they intrude, or are invited into the lives of people who lived here once, and are charged with the puzzle of what happened to them, and why.
Saturday, 2 PM

Closing Celebration

For almost HALF a year Public Works Department has been in residence on Governors Island! They’ve hosted TEN experimental performance companies, FOURTEEN installation media artists, FOUR music events, FOUR DJ’s, A CaCao making event, free yoga, spray art workshops, meditation and so much immersive programming! This summer has been packed! Come join the closing celebration on Sunday. An explosion of art, music, performance and a reading from our community written library — The Armory. Eleni Maltas will provide live music for the send off party and many returning artists and performers bringing their work back to the house.
Sunday, 12-7 PM


Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday closed
Friday closed
Saturday 1:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Getting There
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 7 Minutes from Yankee Pier
1 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier