Date: Sep 13, 2018Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

HBS Club of NY Senior Event: Governors Island – A Tour and Presentation About Its Future

Thu, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Governors Island
General PublicSeniors


Come see what has been happening on Governors Island since the City took over eight years ago. Learn about the exciting plans for the future.

Governors Island has seen many versions of itself since the Dutch briefly put their first New Amsterdam settlement there 375 years ago. After spending most of that time as a military facility, New York City took over responsibility for operations and development in 2010 and has been investing (over $400 million) and planning since. It is now a wonderful park and looking to become a year round destination for arts, culture and education.

We have an opportunity to take a tour of the Island led by Merritt Birnbaum, the Executive Director of the Friends of Governors Island and then have a presentation and Q&A session with P.J Berg, the Director of Real Estate and Planning for the Trust for Governors Island. PJ will discuss the plans for the future including the work being done on adaptive reuse of the historical buildings on the Island. He will talk about one part of the vision that focuses on bringing a world-class educational institution to the Island.

The tour will begin at 1:15PM which means that we need to take the 1:00 PM ferry from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street which is just east of the Staten Island Ferry. There will be an optional lunch on the Island. Those who wish to join us for the lunch will need to take the noon ferry. Ferries only run on the hour.

We can accommodate no more than 40 people.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.

RAIN DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018



PJ Berg

Director of Real Estate and Planning, Trust for Governors Island

PJ Berg is the Director of Real Estate and Planning for the Trust for Governors Island, the nonprofit organization created by the City of New York that is charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island. In this role, PJ manages the Trust’s portfolio of approximately 1.5M square feet of historic buildings and leads the planning effort to attract innovative uses to the island. Prior to coming to Governors Island, PJ worked on public-private development projects around New York City, including Brooklyn Bridge Park and the World Trade Center. He holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Princeton and serves as co-chair of P/PREP (Public-Private Real Estate Professionals).


Merritt Birnbaum

Executive Director, The Friends of Governors Island

Merritt Birnbaum is Executive Director of the Friends of Governors Island. Working in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the National Park Service, the Friends’ goal is to ensure the Island’s continued transformation from an abandoned military base to an accessible oasis of culture and recreation. Merritt has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and administration at New York City nonprofits. Before joining the Friends in November 2015, she was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Development Officer at the New York Legal Assistance Group, a major provider of civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, where she oversaw the organization’s large-scale response to SuperStorm Sandy. She has held leadership roles in development and communications at nonprofits dedicated to education, basic science research, social justice, health and the arts. Merritt holds a BA in Studio Art from Vassar College and serves on the Board of Global Empowerment Theatre.

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Date: Sep 13, 2018Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Governors IslandManhattan Ferry from Battery Maritime Building
10 South Street,
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  • 35 / Non-Member
  • 15 / Member/Member Guest


Dorian Brown, Martha Ferry, Elizabeth Gambee, Robert Gambee, Karen Ganz, Anthony Gellert, Roberta Gottlieb, Linda Harris, J. dozier Hasty, Nancy Havens-Hasty, Norman Hinerfeld, Ruth Hinerfeld, Herbert Hochberg, Robert Holley, Richard Kane, Herbert Kaplan, Leah Kaplan, Mary Jane Kaplan, Joan Kaufman, Benny Lorenzo, Manuel Lorenzo, Kathleen McCarragher, William McElroy, Joan Mokray, Joseph Morein, Christopher Morin, Joan Nechis, Mal Nechis, Paul Payton, Paul Raeder, Ronald Randall, Peggy Reynolds, Scott Reynolds, Bill Rosser, Bette Schultz, Peter Siris, Ed Skloot, Suzanne Skloot, Martin Smith, Carol Stix, W James Tozer Jr, Barbara Wyckoff


Richard Kane, MBA '68

Governors Island

Manhattan Ferry from Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street