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Yesterday I took a tour of Governor's Island. Governor's Island sits in New York Harbor between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The island was given by the state of New York to the federal government in 1800 out of fear that the British might attack and that New York needed military protection. Earlier this year the island was sold back to the state for a dollar under the provision that the island be developed for the public good. The island was used by the Army from 1800 to 1966. From 1966 to 1997 the Coast Guard had a base on the island. Today the island is not being used. The tour was of the northern part of the island, which has been designated a national monument. It contains two early 19th century forts, officers housing, barracks and landscaped grounds. You can find out more about Governor's Island at: http://www.governorsislandnationalmonument.org

Sailboat rounding Manhattan
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
Statue of Liberty
Fort Jay entrance
Statue on top of Fort Jay entrance
Plaque commemorating Columbia Students and Faculty
The Cavalry
Officer's Housing
Big Guns
Another Cannon
Barracks
Admiral's House
 Island Resident
Handrail, Block House
Yellow House
Mexican cannon close-up
Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion
Mexican Cannon
Super 8 motel
Castle Williams
Staten Island Ferry
Interior of Castle Williams
Lower Manhattan Skyline
Panoramic view from Governor's Island