New arts center coming to Governor’s Island

Do people feel connected to Governor’s Island, as in it’s part of the neighborhood? (I know I do, but tell me if I am not reading the crowd.) So I was excited to see this news on their Twitter account: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will develop the 1870s munitions warehouse — the building to your right as you walk uphill from the ferry — as a 40,000 square foot arts center. The building will be part exhibition space, part artists studios, part performance space and will have the island’s first indoor cafe. It’s a pretty gorgeous space.

The building and the center will open in September to catch the end of the season this year with two shows from the first class of resident artists: Yto Barrada, a Moroccan photographer and filmmaker, and Michael Wang, a conceptual artist who will present “Extinct in New York.”