Governors IslandThe new Governors Island landfill was only just complete - a largely empty dust blown expanse of over 100 acres - when it gained fame for its role in the budding aviation industry. In 1909, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration took place to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River. It also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton's innovative paddle wheel steamer which traveled from New York City to Albany, ushering in the era of steamship travel. A series of demonstration flights were planned as part of the celebration. Wilbur Wright was paid to make a number of flights and was promised a $15,000 prize for a flight of over ten miles. Wright flew from Governors Island around the Statue of Liberty and back. The flight, though not long enough to win the prize, is considered the first successful flight over water in America. Days later, Wright succeeded in flying over ten miles from the Island up the Hudson, around Grant's Tomb and back.
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|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:45am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 582846 N 4504716|
|Decimal Degrees||40.68918333, -74.01951667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 41.351', W 74° 1.171'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 41' 21.06" N, 74° 1' 10.26" W|
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|Area Code(s)||718, 212, 917|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1-881 Division Rd, New York NY 11231, US|
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