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Great Promenade

 
 
Great Promenade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
1. Great Promenade Marker
Inscription.  
The 2.2 mile road in front of you encircles the entire Island (sic). It was built in the early 20th century as a utilitarian road to get Army personnel around Governors Island. It was subsequently used by the Coast Guard for their personal and service vehicles. During the Coast Guard era, more than 2,000 parking spaces were created on Governors Island to accommodate the increased number of cars here.

As you can see, this roadway provides unparalleled views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Where you are standing is the future site of the Great Prominade.
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An acclaimed team, led by the landscape architecture firm of West 8, is designing the Great Prominade as part of the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan. West 8’s vision for this road is to transform it from what you see today into one of the world’s signature walk and bikeways. The promenade will draw visitors to the water’s edge to experience heart-stopping panoramic views of New York harbor.

in 2009, for the first time, the entire perimeter road opened for walking, biking, strolling and sightseeing.
 
Topics.
The future Great Promenade image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
2. The future Great Promenade
This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 41.575′ N, 74° 1.187′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Craig Road N south of Carder Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Governors Island, New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Castle Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Across the Harbor: Remembering September 11th (within shouting distance of this marker); Group Effort (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Castle Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Castle Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory Of Alexander Kidd (about 400 feet away); Early North American Colonist Remains (about 400 feet away); Governors Island (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan. West 8 entry (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
3. Inset
The view towards Lower Manhattan, 2009
The view towards Lower Manhattan,2017 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 20, 2017
4. The view towards Lower Manhattan,2017
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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Mar. 5, 2021