From 1794 to 1966, Governors Island housed US army facilities. The whole island is now a National Monument and remains a “vibrant summer seasonal venue of art, culture and performance against the backdrop of two centuries of military heritage and the skyline of one of the great cities of the world” (http://www.nps.gov).
According to a 1939 Federal Writers’ Project publication, “the WPA ha[d] constructed and repaired officers’ dwellings, and beautified the grounds [of Governors Island].”
"New York city guide; a comprehensive guide to the five boroughs of the metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond"; Federal Writers' Project (N.Y.), 1939 (page 414). http://www.nps.gov/gois/index.htm
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on July 9, 2014.
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