Little Island Comes to NYC

New 2.5 acre park planned for the Hudson River

Rendering of Little Island courtesy of Little Island

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK)—If asked where you expected to find a lush, green new park in NYC, you might not guess “the Hudson River.” But that is exactly where the new Little Island NYC is planned, Curbed NY reports.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the little park will float right off Pier 55 in Chelsea. It is designed on bobbing, tulip-shaped columns which will undulate with the waves. It will contain a wide variety of trees and shrubs, as well as many walking paths. There will also be an amazing open amphitheater for performances which will be either free or under $30, making the park a welcome addition for New Yorkers of all income levels. The park will be a welcome addition to space-strapped NYC where most open land will be more quickly snapped up for development than park space.

The park will be funded by Barry Diller and his legendary fashion designer wife Diane von Furstenberg. “It’s a joyous feeling to see Little Island rise up in the Hudson River, and now I can’t wait for New Yorkers and its visitors to cross the bridge, leave the boisterous city behind, and play, lay back, and be stimulated every which way by the Island,” Diller said to Timeout.

The park is set to open in 2021.

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