Governors Island NY Indigenous Population Request for Territorial Rights

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C Niambi Steele
Jun 5, 2021
I went to Governor's Island in 2019 because of a curated art residency & exhibition housed in individual houses built on Nolan Park circa 1810. The area is bucolic, serene and very authentic houses from the early 19th century. High rises are everywhere in New York City-- why can't they leave well enough alone? There are beautiful uninterrupted views from the Governors Island which would be permanently altered & destroyed by high rises... not only that-- but there is lead on the land, no running water, water piping and electrical wiring that's hundreds of years old... the monetary projections are waaayyy under the reality of cost. That kind of money should be spent rebuilding the infrastructure of New York City for the residents that stayed in the city during the worse crisis of any of our lives! The real citizens of New York who care & love this city who work and send kids to NYC schools, are always the last to be considered. This Governors Island should not be a haven for the rich... they're well taken care of already!! Enough is too much!

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Helen Stewart
1 year ago
My ex and I moved to Governor's Island as newlyweds in August, 1973. He was transferred to Seattle in October, 1975. I never dreamed I would visit New York (I am a native Californian) much less live on the island. I will always have fond memories. We were also present at the Lady Liberty rededication. Since my ex husband and I are both African American, we were "specially invited" to make sure there was some diversity on display. Great times!

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Ronald Bender
3 years ago
I was stationed there as a Coast Guard reservist for many years. I have seen the dependents playing and living there.

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Andrew Contw
3 years ago
Travesty to disrespect the Island in this manner. It should have remained a strategic military post; whatever the branch of service. Perhaps a joint military base.

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Barbara Mongold
3 years ago
This is an historic site and should not be transformed into an area for retail/business development. Lived there for 4 years and it was the most wonderful place with such a history and pull that it was a singular experience.

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Eric Smith
3 years ago
I lived there between 1976 and 1979. It was truly a magical place;my heart is pulled to it and I'm always looking for it in NYC TV shows.

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Lori Carrero
3 years ago
I’m signing because if it’s important to my friend! It’s important to me!

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Diana Haines
3 years ago
I'm signing this petition because my family lived on this island many year. My husband was station end there and family came with him. Children made many friendships here, daughter finished grade school here, my children had many friends that they had close relationships with. I actually decided to enlist in the Coast Guard there. Would not have made that same connection if I had not lived there. Would be great to have "Our Place" on our place to meet and celebrate with those who have that same connection. We would appreciate your consideration.

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Christine Darling
3 years ago
This makes sense. It is a part of our history, we are losing too much of our past. Please help them so we don't lose this part of history

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Glenn Hector
3 years ago
I was station there in the Coast Guard. My mother was from Brooklyn. Some my family buried in the cemetery at Trinty Church. We had roots there on Island.