Monday, February 28, 2005

Nice idea by Norman Foster for NYC


If all the world's a stage, why not Castle Williams, that crumbling bulwark on Governors Island, with its stone fortifications, circular courtyard and haunting past as a military prison? The British architect Norman Foster has designed an adaptation of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London that would fit inside the 194-year-old castle and serve as a stage for Shakespeare productions and other performing arts.

The theater is one of several proposals being considered for the site by the National Park Service, which owns and operates 22 acres of the 172-acre island, a former military installation in New York Harbor that includes Castle Williams and Fort Jay.

The Park Service is currently soliciting online public input and suggestions for the site's future, said Linda Neal, the superintendent of the Governors Island National Monument for the Park Service, who described the Globe proposal as exciting.

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