Governors Island will open July 15 and ferry tickets are available now. Click here to reserve tickets.

Film & Photography

Please note that due to the effects of COVID-19, Governors Island’s public season opening has been delayed and access to the Island is limited to essential staff only. We are not currently issuing 2020 permits at this time. See more information on our COVID-19 response here

Interested in filming or photographing on Governors Island? 

Governors Island has been used for several films, television and photo shoots, on varying scales. Located in the heart of the New York Harbor, the 172-acre island is five minutes away from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers spectacular views of the New York City skyline, an expansive park and over 40 historic buildings. 

Films and production companies are welcome to make an appointment with the Trust to come and scout locations. 

Please note:

  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. 
  • Film or photo shoot dates cannot be placed on hold until the initial review process has begun. 
  • Date(s) and location(s) are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork has been received, signed and approved.
  • Costs are determined according to the details in your application. The more detailed your application, the quicker and more accurately The Trust can estimate your costs. 
Sample Programs that would require a Film & Photography Permit:
  • Filming a movie/TV show
  • Magazine or fashion shoot
  • TV commercial/ad

Key Dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply For Permit

If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

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Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

Program and event organizers must pre-register vehicles for ferry access at least 48 hours in advance.  There is limited capacity for vehicle access to Governors Island and any vehicles must be transporting materials necessary to the events’ productions. Personal vehicles are not permitted for any reason.