Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Polo on Governors Island
One of the most popular pastimes for officers stationed on Governors Island was polo. It provided officers stationed here a unique recreational opportunity and provided a way to hone their riding skills. Polo was first introduced to the United States in Manhattan in 1876.
Between 1900 and 1911 landfill was added to Governors Island creating nearly 100 acres of flat land. After the removal of many temporary warehouses constructed on this part of the Island during World War I, this open space provided an excellent location for a polo field.
Governors Island boasted two well respected teams, the Blues and the Yellows. They hosted matches with teams from the Army, National Guard, R.O.T.C.s from eastern colleges and private polo clubs. The matches were reported nationally, receiving coverage in the New York Times and elsewhere. Polo was often used as a way to entertain visiting dignitaries. During many match days, the Island was open to the public, providing ordinary New Yorkers a rare glimpse of the Army installation that was off-limits to them throughout the rest of the year.
In the early 1940’s, polo playing ceased on the Island. The military was preparing for World War II and players and horses were unavailable for matches. The final match on the Island was played in 1941 between a Governors Island team and notable
Location. 40° 41.284′ N, 74° 1.107′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Division Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on Governors Island. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Division Road (a few steps from this marker); The Fort Jay Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reagan-Gorbachev Meeting 1988 (about 400 feet away); Colonels’ Row (about 400 feet away); The Early Birds (about 500 feet away); Comfort Road (about 500 feet away); Flight on Governors Island (about 500 feet away); Clayton Road (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of a mounted polo player in front of Liggett Hall.
Also see . . .
1. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors Island website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.