Largest Building on Governor’s Island Will Be Imploded This Sunday, June 9

Press contact: Elizabeth Rapuano, 646-596-5321, erapuano@govisland.nyc.gov

This Sunday, June 9th at precisely 7:36am, Governor’s island will be imploding the largest building on on the Island, Building 877. This controlled demolition will clear space for over 30 acres of new park and public spaces. If you’d like to watch the implosion in real time, it can be seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, the Battery in New York City, or from the 7:30am Staten Island ferry leaving from Manhattan. Governor’s Island will also be livestreaming the implosion on their blog and through their YouTube channel.

Building 877 was constructed atop the landfill from the excavation from the Lexington Avenue subway line in 1905. With the consolidation of U.S. Military forces in 1966, the Island was transferred to the Coast Guard. Governors Island was the Coast Guard’s largest installation, serving both as a self-contained residential community, with an on-island population of approximately 3,500, and as a base of operations for the Atlantic Area Command and Maintenance and Logistics Command as well as the captain of the Port of New York. Building 877 was built to serve as housing for Coast Guard families. Though no longer functional, Building 877 has remained on the Island since it was abandoned in 1996.

The implosion of Building 877 is being overseen by the NYC Department of Buildings and FDNY, which is observing all permitting and protocol requirements.