Governors Island is getting a serious makeover.
Last week one of the oldest buildings came down making way for a modern, multimillion dollar park that will open next summer. The park will be created on a 30-acre stretch of land that was previously off limits to visitors.
Next summer people will be able to enjoy a hedge maze, nearly two thousand trees, bike paths and water fountains.
Also in the works is an area to be aptly-titled “Hammock Grove,” where visitors can enjoy the breeze while reclining in one of the many hammocks.
Also planned — if funding holds out — is the Liberty Terrace which gives a direct view of the Statue of Liberty’s face from a stone seating area.
The number of visitors to Governors Island during its 40-day season has grown from 8,000 in 2005 to 345,000 in 2012, according to Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island.