The new master plan calls for a 2.2-mile promenade to be created along the waterfront and 87 acres to developed as open green space. There are also educational uses in store, including a public high school and possibly an NYU satellite campus.
The federal government gave Governors Island to the state 2003 after using it as a military base for some 200 years. Many historical buildings still remain. In the summer, a free ferry has brought over hundreds of thousands of visitors from Manhattan.