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Coast Guard Housing
Governors Island was an extraordinary place to live for those Coast Guard employees and their families able to take advantage of the Island’s various housing options. While government housing was not guaranteed to all Coast Guard families, all personnel with more than four years of service were eligible to be housed here.
For short term stays, guest houses were available for officers and enlisted personnel. Although space was limited, the rates were very reasonable: $5.00 a day for two adults and an extra $.50 per child in the enlisted guest house.
Permanent housing units, or “billets”, were assigned based on rank and need. Quarters were divided roughly into three groups: senior officer housing, officer housing, and enlisted housing. A majority of officers were housed in the northern part of the Island, while enlisted personnel were housed here on the southern portion, in buildings like those you see nearby.
Much of the enlisted housing was located in the highrise buildings you see along the harbor side of the south island. These buildings contain two and three bedroom apartments. Each building was furnished
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 40° 41.313′ N, 74° 1.422′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Craig Road N north of East Way, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Governors Island, New York, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellis Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Statue of Liberty (about 800 feet away); West (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statue of Liberty Centennial Rededication (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flight on Governors Island (approx. ¼ mile away); The Early Birds Picnic Point (approx. ¼ mile away); Division Road (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Cunningham Apartments. Michael Minn entry (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Former Governors Island Apartment Building Reduced to Dust and Rubble. The Tribeca Trib article; June 10, 2013 (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.