The 172-acre Governors Island off the coast of lower Manhattan.

NYC: A climate change ‘laboratory’ may come to Governors Island

Governors Island has worn many hats over its lifetime: An outpost for the Dutch West India Company, a Civil War prison for Confederate soldiers, and more recently has become a recreational hub for public art, “glamping,” and festivals.

Now, New York City wants to transform up to 4.2 million square feet on the southern half of the island, which sits off the coast of lower Manhattan, into “a major center for climate adaptation research, commercialization, conversation and policymaking,” according to a request for proposals obtained by The New York Times. The “living laboratory” would serve as the “anchor” for development on the island, which the city aims to rezone a swath of for commercial and education uses.

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