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Cocktail Reception and Private Tour of Governors Island

05/23/2016, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The convening kicked off with a tour of Governors Island, led by Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island. Delegates learned about the successful programming strategies for animating this 172-acre island off of southern Manhattan, featuring public open space, educational not-for-profit and commercial facilities, and various other attractions such as “Hammock Grove,” and the latest feature, “The Hills,” designed by landscape architects West 8.

GCDN delegates at Governors Island. Photo: Susan Farley Photography.

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Katy Clark, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, offered welcoming remarks and gave a brief overview of the rich history of cultural infrastructure in New York and Brooklyn.