|A view of Governors Island, which has become a beloved public space for Lower Manhattan residents, from the observatory atop One World Trade Center.|
Michael Samuelian, president of the Trust for Governors Island since 2016, will be leaving in June of this year, shortly after the park opens for the season.
Mr. Samuelian presided over a renaissance on Governors Island, with each year during his term setting new records for attendance, with expanded hours and a longer season. Many of these visitors were drawn by the debut of new amenities, such as the Hills, a ten-acre section of four landscaped acclivities, ranging in height from 26 to 70 feet, which includes a series of long slides.
An architect’s rendering of the 4.5 million square feet of development that the City is considering for two separate tracts Governors Island (totaling 33 acres, or about 20 percent of the Island’s total area), which has aroused concern among community leaders.