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A LAWSUIT has been filed against the City to nullify the 5/27/21 Governors Island rezoning.
See it HERE. Please sign up to our email list for updates.

Trees Not Towers Governors Island Legal Fund - click here


(and other public officials)

“I urge you to VOTE NO on the current rezoning proposal that would bring high-rise high-density, largely commercial development to the southern part of Governors Island. It is not best use of this unique oasis. Also the plan is fiscally irresponsible and won’t actually fund the island for many years. A different plan is needed. Governors Island 2021 = Penn Station 1963? Don’t let this be your legacy.”

(For more see Key speaking points below and the Community Groups Sign-On Statement’s brief overview.)


( Yes, there is a new one click letter – but it would really good to put in a phone call as well! )

Other Public Figures To Contact

Find your NY State Senator:

Find your NY State Assembly Member:

Borough Presidents

  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
    He is a Mayor hopeful!
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Queens Borough President Donovan Richards
    Anne Marie Boranian, Director of Constituent Services: ABoranian@Queensbp.org
  • Staten Island Borough President James Oddo
    Fill Out this Contact Form: https://www.statenislandusa.com/contact.html

Mayor DeBlasio
Fill Out this Contact Form:
Call 311 to leave a message.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo


Key Points:

  1. The current rezoning proposal for Governors Island must be withdrawn.
    Bringing in high-density high-rise development is not the best use of this unique space that belongs to all New Yorkers and is visited by people from all of NYC zip codes. New Yorkers have a serious need for the welcoming, open, expansive, parkland quality (even in areas with buildings) that Governors Island provides and really isn’t available elsewhere in the city.
  2. The main rationale for this intrusive project – making Governors Island financially self-sufficient and accessible year round — isn’t supported. The Trust’s own speculative projections (based on pre-covid conditions) state that financial self-sufficiency wouldn’t be achieved until 2050. Meanwhile it’ll cost taxpayers billions.Community Board 1 says the Trust’s financial analysis is insufficient. A City Planning commissioner said approval would be akin to the city giving the Trust a blank check for an unspecified project.
  3. In the review of the rezoning plan, any discussion regarding a climate research center is irrelevant, misleading, and should be termed off-topic. This is a proposal to upzone the south island, period. There is nothing legally requiring that a climate center be the result. In fact, GI is already productive as a climate hub, thanks to the work of Earth Matter, GrowNYC, Billion Oyster Project, the Harbor School and others.
  4. Any new building on Governors Island should be kept to a minimum and not exceed the four story height of buildings in the historic district or the 35-foot height limit in the current zoning.
  5. “Open space” is not just pedestrian access, as TGI is selling it, but involves sky and the feeling of openness. Most of the “increased open space” that TGI is presenting is “woven open space similar to Battery Park City.” It’s boxed in by 10 – 30 story buildings and non-public areas.
  6. The current rezoning application was sprung on the public just late last September and is being pushed through process during a pandemic in an election year. Public hearings on land use (via ULURP) being held virtually due to COVID-19 are insufficient and should be suspended as is currently the case by court order in on the 960 Franklin Ave rezoning plan, for the proposed mega-project across the street from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
  7. More here: https://govislandcoalition.org/#presentation


Flyering and talking to New Yorkers in Your Neighborhood and/or on Governors Island and at ferry lines

Can you help get the word out? Governors Island belongs to all New Yorkers and and is visited by people from all the city’s zip codes! The May 11th vote is coming up fast!

  • Print out this flyer
  • Make a sign with a simple message. Examples: “Trees Not Towers on Governors Island” “Preserve Public Open Space”
  • Pick a nice spot – maybe at the entrance to your local park, along the lines waiting for the GI ferry, out on GI? Bring kids. People can get to the M.A.G.I.C. website and actions info by pointing a smart phone at the QR code on the flyer!
  • Talk to your friends and neighbors and people you know who have visted Governors Island.
  • Contact us with any questions, suggestions
M.A.G.I.C. flyer 01 PDF
M.A.G.I.C. flyer 01 PDF


May 2nd, 2021 Event on Governors Island!

Sign up to the M.A.G.I.C. email list  or  email governorsislandcoalition[AT]gmail.com with “Info Please” in the subject line for the meet-up location.

SUNDAY! MAY 2nd, 1PM wear something green and join Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) on Governors Island for an informal walking tour using the M.A.G.I.C. Alternative South Island Visualization as a theme. We’ll be saying hello to the Harbor School, GrowNYC, Earth Matter, Billion Oyster Project and others along the way. We will also highlight locations in the drastic building height comparison images from the proposed upzoning’s Environmental Impact Statement. Reserve ferry tickets ASAP. Many free options. Info below.

We expect the walk to last from 1 to 1.5 hours. There will be time at the beginning and end for people to speak. Looks like some 2021 candidates will join us. Press will be invited.

ASAP: reserve your ferry tickets. Plan to meet up on the island at 1pm. Get there early and relax.

MASKS required. Ferries are free before noon on Sat/Sun and at all times for: Seniors 65 and over, Children 12 and under, NYCHA Residents, IDNYC holders, Military servicemembers (former and active), Governors Island members. $3 rt otherwise.
Bikes are ok. Citi-bike terminal on the island. Ferry ride is about 5 minutes.

Governors Island ferries run from:
– Lower Manhattan (daily): The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street
– Brooklyn (Saturdays and Sundays): Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the intersection of Furman St. And Atlantic Ave., and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, near the intersection of Pioneer Street and Conover Street.
NYC Ferry also offers a service:


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Community Sign-On Statement

Sign On Statement for Groups, public officials, public figures!


a M.A.G.I.C. plan for the Governors Island “development zones”

a M.A.G.I.C. plan for the Governors Island “development zones”