THE ISLANDS

Governor's Island     Statue of Liberty Island & Ellis Island     Roosevelt Island

Governor's Island

Located on the East River in New York Harbor. There are two forts on the island--Fort Jay and Castle Williams which were erected in 1796 and 1811.  They were built to fortify New York from any enemies to the United States.  Some canons are still on the fort. Things to see the original buildings, such as the South Battery, St. Cornelius Chapel, and a new city park which opened the summer of 2014.

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

  • Ft. WILLIAMS
  • Ft. JAY
  • St. CORNELIUS CHAPEL
  • COMMANDING OFFICER'S HOUSE
  • THE GOVERNOR'S HOUSE
  • LIGGETT HALL
  • PERSHING HALL

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

NYC Parks, Governor's Island
Governor's Island NYC Park
Liberty, Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty National Monument

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

by Emma Lazarus.

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

Roosevelt Island

Located on the East River in between Manhattan and Queens, this two mile island has had numerous names. Going back to the Lenape Indians who first called it Minnehanonck, then the Dutch settlers called it Verkens Eylandt or Hog Island. When the English took over it was renamed Blackwell’s Island; then a name change to Welfare Island. This name stuck until 1971 when it was renamed Roosevelt Island after Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Today, you can reach it by one of the most intriguing ways of travel in New York City--the tram or by subway. It has great views of Manhattan’s East side.

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

  • CHAPEL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 543 Main St., (917) 843-3338
  • BLACKWELL HOUSE
  • STRECKER LABORATORY
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

FDR Memorial, Roosevelt Island
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Manhattan

Lower Manhattan     Financial District     Midtown South     Midtown     Uptown     Northern Manhattan     Central Park & Columbus Circle     The Islands