Boasting stunning views, Little Island is New York’s newest free public park that floats beautifully above the Hudson River.
Little Island is a 2.4-acre public playground that aims to link nature and art. The inspiration for this architectural marvel began in 2013, when Barry Diller, President of IAC / InterActiveCorp and Expedia Group, partnered with the Hudson River Trust.
The goal was to relocate Pier 54, providing a unique opportunity to build something extraordinary for New Yorkers and local tourists to marvel.
The structural design is carried out by UK-based Heatherwick Studio, while the landscape was led by Signe Nielsen of the MNLA. The ambitious, curved structure is made to resemble a leaf sliding across water.
Children and families can enjoy free art activities at a special corner called The Glade. This is where the Art Cart is located as the island’s hub for crafts and education, offering a free craft station full of crayons and supplies.
“At 11:00 am Wednesday through Saturday, local families can count on us to connect them with art and nature. We have our Art Cart, and we’ll give you everything you need to create your art, on your own or with the help of a visual artist, ”said Michael Wiggens, Director of Engagement and Education , at NBC New York.
On top of that, you can catch live performances at The Amph stage, which can seat over 800 people. The majority of events are free and without reservation. However, for paid shows, 30% of seats will be available for sale online.
The island is home to a diverse group of New York designers who organize special events and festivals with the park’s community partners.
Little Island is located on Manhattan’s West Side Highway with entrances on West 13th and 14th Street. It officially opens to the public tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. and is open daily until 1:00 a.m. To ensure the safety of visitors, tickets must be made in advance online during the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. h 00.
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