Mayor DiBlasio was credited for opening up Governor's Island 7 days a week this Summer. I'm overjoyed with the effort the city is making to invigorate the island and make it something New Yorkers can be proud of and create memories there. Many of us have been, many have not, and outside of New York City, Governor's Island is virtually unheard of. The island has use which dates back as far as the 1600's used by the Dutch during the days before New York, when it the land was known as New Amsterdam. After the British took it over, it was used as a military base, a critical location allowing the British to create a line of fire all encompassing, due to three other well positioned forts, one located at the base of the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island. The part is a world in and of itself, many of the buildings are run down and a few are still in shambles, broken windows and all. Of the 150 acres that belong to New York City, there is still much work to do. On the upside, Governor's Island has a lovely vibration, the openness, the lack of corporate entities in your face, the fact that there are no cars on the island, the arts focus and commitment have all the proper intentions. Families enjoy a peaceful place to be in community and out with their families.
The Governor's Island Trust has released a statement on their website "The Trust is transforming Governors Island into a destination with great public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit, and commercial facilities. 30 new acres of park and public spaces are now open to the public."
I have submitted for a permit at Governor's Island to create the "New York Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Festival." My goal was to have a public outdoor festival inviting 30 vendors, artists, public speakers, and producing seminars around cannabis awareness. The goal of the event is to educate New Yorkers about the past, present, and potential of the cannabis industry. I believe that having a festival off the mainland will be a draw for tourists to the island and would have the potential to grow into an enormous island-encompassing event in time with live entertainment, tents, a carnival, something that would truly make a difference at Governor's Island. New York has always been the most "hip and trendy" city in the world, but when it comes to cannabis it has not taken a leadership role. The time has come for a community rally around cannabis, for the public to take it's power and shape New York City the way we want it.
Governor's Island has plenty of space and pinache to turn that land mass into the capital of the cannabis community. It has already become a breeding ground for artistic creativity, blending the two communities is a natural synergy and one that begin to shape New Yo