Governors Island, named so because when England was still in power, the Governor of New York sat here. The island is 700,000 square meters wide, and is considered part of New York City. In the past, the United States military also used the island, as well as the Coast Guard. It is located one kilometer from Manhattan, and from here you can look at the New York skyline.
In 2003 the municipality of New York bought the island for the price of only $1.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of the island, and its caring and preservation. There are 1,600 trees, and historic buildings, as well as different attractions, like a souvenir shop, a children's art museum, and other seasonal activities.