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The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and ongoing operations for 150 acres of Governors Island, which is located at the heart of New York Harbor. The National Park Service administers the additional 22 acres of the island designated in 2003 as the Governors Island National Monument. A subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation, GIPEC is working closely with the National Park Service and a wide array of constituent groups, including business, community and civic groups, to foster new ideas for development of Governors Island and to enhance the island's role as a vital and integral part of New York City and the surrounding region. GIPEC seeks to make Governors Island a destination with great public parks and open space and heritage tourism attractions, as well as education, conference and cultural arts facilities. For more information please visit www.govisland.com or call 212.440.2202.
Governors Island is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season-- from June 2 to September 2 in the summer of 2007. Every weekend, visitors can take a free 7-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and stroll among the 19th century buildings and forts, take in the stunning views of New York City, and enjoy a variety of activities including music and family festivals, historic re-enactments, lectures and exhibits. Special events at other times of the year have included Open House New York, the Manhattan Golf Classic, and Holiday Tree Lighting.
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