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Governors Island Update: Send in the Clowns?

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The goal for Governors Island is to turn it into a year-round draw, one that can actually make some money?of which the island is in desperate need. So, in addition to all that Dutch parkland, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. has issued two requests for proposals, one to fill an entertainment and dining venue, and the other for occupants of art studios and exhibition space. Among the large number of groups the GIPEC has spoken with: the Big Apple Circus and Spiegelworld, which operates the concerts, burlesque and theater performances at the summertime Spiegeltent at the South Street Seaport. The deals would be for five years starting in 2009, and Crain's reports that the Big Apple Circus seems somewhat interested. The entertainment/dining venue (capacity: 500-800) would be where a parking lot now sits, near the ferry landing. The art space would be housed in Building 110, also near the ferry landing. The purple people eaters would be lurking in the bushes.
· Governors Island eyes big entertainers [Crain's]
· Curbed's Governors Island coverage [Curbed]