Perched on stilts in the Hudson River at 13th Street, New York City’s newest park—Little Island—has opened to the public after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions and
Connected by a pedestrian bridge to Hudson River Park—which spans four miles along Manhattan’s west side—Little Island is a unique greenspace unlike any other in The Big Apple. Home to quiet landscaped spaces, and venues for live performances and cultural events, the island offers unique vantage points to view the city and its surrounds.
“It’s a joy to welcome the public to this newest area of Hudson River Park, and we are forever grateful to Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their extraordinary contribution to Hudson River Park and New York City overall,” said Noreen Doyle, acting President of the Hudson River Park Trust.
Little Island is the latest in a sequence of remarkable urban, recreational spaces in New York that includes Hudson Yards and The Highline.
Little Island’s striking exterior is supported by a structure made up of 280 concrete piles which emerge between the leftover wood piles of Pier 54 that were largely preserved to maintain habitats for aquatic life.
On top of the piles, 132 concrete “Tulips” make up the structure of the park. Each tulip’s shape is unique and has a different weight load capacity to hold soil, lawns, lookouts and trees.
Little Island boasts a 687-seat amphitheater (“The Amph”), a central plaza with seating and dining outlets (“The Play Ground”), an small stage and lawn space (“The Glade”), as well as dazzling views of Hudson River Park, New York City, and the Hudson River.
Food and drinks will be sold between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm daily, including wine, beer, and cocktails created exclusively for Little Island visitors.
Visiting Little Island
The park will be open daily from 6:00 am to 1:00 am, with timed reservations required between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm. All admission is free.
Located within Hudson River Park, Little Island’s main entrance is located at West 13th Street and the Hudson River, at Pier 55.
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