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Coast Guard Housing

 
 
Coast Guard Housing wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
1. Coast Guard Housing wayside
Inscription.  
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
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
2. Inset
"Southern end of the Island showing the former Liberty Village apartments", as well as the Cunningham Apartments.
with laundry rooms, storage spaces, bike storage and mailrooms. Playgrounds and parking spaces were also available for families living here. The largest of these buildings was the 11 story Cunningham Apartments, named for a Coastguardsman who gave his life in 1936 in an effort to save two Michigan fishermen. The building was erected in 1972 to meet the increased demand for family housing for the Coast Guard occupants. Apartments were designed as duplexes and boasted impressive views and hardwood floors. For many newcomers, he housing on Governors Island represented their first experience in apartment living.
 
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
Formerly Coast Guard enlisted housing image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
3. Formerly Coast Guard enlisted housing
(approx. ¼ mile away); 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.) 
 
The former enlisted quarters site, awaiting redevelopment image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 20, 2017
4. The former enlisted quarters site, awaiting redevelopment
(It is currently (2021) a luxury camping area.)
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 8, 2009
5. Inset
"Coast Guard painting of the Cunningham Apartments"
Cunningham Apartments demolition; June 10, 2013 image. Click for full size.
via Tribeca Trib, June 10, 2013
6. Cunningham Apartments demolition; June 10, 2013
Replacement for the Cunningham Apartments - The Hills image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 20, 2017
7. Replacement for the Cunningham Apartments - The Hills
 
 
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.
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