As Artists Fight to Keep Governors Island a Quiet Oasis, Development Nears

By Asta Kongsted – January 20, 2023
Roger Manning pauses mid-sentence every time a helicopter flies over Governors Island. It’s a habit he picked up when he was working as a musician in the New York City subway system. Whenever a train entered the station, …

New York Times 8-2-2022 – re M.A.G.I.C Lawsuit Hearing

The view from Governors Island.Credit...Gabby Jones for The New York Times

New York Today
Towers Would Wreck Governors Island’s Serenity, Lawsuit Says
A proposed office complex would ruin the “country place in the city,” even if it houses a climate change center, opponents argue.
By James Barron
Aug. 2, 2022, 12:02 a.m. ET
Good morning. It’s Tuesday. Scroll down to see why a State Senate candidate who’s 58 is glad he gets along with his mother,

M.A.G.I.C. lawsuit – – 11/16/2021

M.A.G.I.C. Thinking
A M.A.G.I.C. lawsuit hopes to halt the Governors Island rezoning
By Matt Hickman • November 16, 2021 • Development, East, News, Urbanism
Roger Manning, co-founder of the Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.), has filed an article 78 lawsuit against New York City seeking to nullify the rezoning of the southern end of Governors Island. …

Governors Island rezoning inches closer to final vote – The Real Deal 5-11-21

Proposal was approved with a few changes
New York
May 11, 2021 04:46 PM
By Kathryn Brenzel
The rezoning of Governors Island is nearing a final vote, albeit with a few tweaks and limitations on new development.
The City Council’s land use committee on Tuesday voted in favor of the proposal, …

What Could Governors Island Be? – 5-3-21

An aquatic garden, a film-set landscape, and more: Four fanciful transformation plans, commissioned by Curbed.
By Justin Davidson
[Posted 5-3-21 on]
What does Governors Island want to be when it grows up? That question has slouched around the place for a couple of decades now, frustrating officials who would like to see the place gainfully employed. …

M.A.G.I.C. 4-20-21 Gotham Gazette op-ed: With ‘Friends’ Like That …

gothamgazette op-ed header 4-20-21

With ‘Friends’ Like That — Friends of Governors Island’s Misguided Plan
April 20, 2021 | by Roger Manning & Allie Ryan
The Friends of Governors Island’s (FGI) main rationale for the proposed Governors Island Rezoning Plan — making Governors Island financially self-sufficient and accessible year round — isn’t supported and doesn’t justify turning the “172-acre oasis” …

Op-ed: Governors Island: Can the Trust be trusted? – Village Sun 4/6/21

Governors Island: Can the Trust be trusted?
April 6, 2021
BY ROGER MANNING | Governors Island, first used by the Lenape people, was the first Dutch settlement in New York and instrumental in the escape of Washington’s army in 1776. The island, formerly an Army and then a Coast Guard base, …

For Governors Island, the wrong way forward -Daily News 2/28/21

By Jeffrey A. Kroessler (President of the City Club of New York.)
New York Daily News |
Feb 28, 2021 at 5:00 AM
When mayoral candidate Andrew Yang suggested that Governors Island would be a terrific place for a casino, the idea generated immediate scorn. What could be less appropriate for that public gem in the harbor? …

Jan 19, 2021 – Yang proposes casino on Governors Island to boost city recovery


In his proposing a casino on GI, Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang highlights the real goal/motivation behind the city’s intended Governors Island rezoning – to “raise revenue for New York City’s recovery” – not to manage this unique parkland in a manner most beneficial to NYC residents. 
Yang proposes casino on Governors Island to boost city recovery
01/19/2021 01:40 PM EST
NEW YORK — Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has proposed a casino on Governors Island as a way to raise revenue for New York City’s recovery — a plan that would face immense obstacles if he were to pursue it as the city’s next leader. …