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NYC’s 1st Floating Park: Little Island

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New York City's waterfront has gone through many dynamic changes and has evolved from Pier 54, to what it is today - the beautiful "Little Island." NYC’s first Floating Park, called the ‘Little Island’ officially opened this year on Friday, May 21, 2021 after five years of construction! It is a $260 million gift to the city from billionaire Barry Diller and designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, who also designed the Hudson Yards Vessel.

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In 2013, Barry Diller partnered up with the Hudson River Park Trust leadership, to try to create and improve what was once Pier 54. It was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and needed much reparation and restoration. A whole team of people came together to make this park's vision a reality. This team of talented engineers, artisans, tradespeople, fabricators, and contractors in New York came together to work and create. Barry Diller envisioned a new public space for New Yorkers and visitors, one that would allow everyone to immerse themselves in art and with nature. The park's imaginative design makes it whimsical, fun, and captivates the hearts of its audience. The landscape design was thought of as a leaf floating on water, and spectators can definitely see that shape from up above. Little Island is a beautiful park to visit in all seasons and times of day. It is truly a New York story, built by New Yorkers.

When Little Island first opened up to the public this past summer, its hours were 6:00am to 1:00am daily. Timed entry reservations were required to enter the park from 12:00pm to 8:00pm (and sometimes until 10:00pm for crowd control). During the winter, Little Island is open to the public daily from 6:00am to 8:00pm. Currently, no timed entry reservations are required. Come mid-March, remember to get your free tickets!

Little Island is a 2.4 acre beautiful park that everyone should visit at least once. It is located in Hudson River Park on the West side of Manhattan. There are many ways to get to Little Island. If driving, the space is located in the Hudson River off of the West Side Highway with entrances at West 13th and 14th Streets. The best method to get to the beautiful park is with public transportation, such as the subway, bus, or bike, since it is very difficult to find parking in Manhattan. Little Island is also fully accessible, and keeps the health and safety of its visitors as a top priority.

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“Little Island invites all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy a public space designed to inspire imagination and creativity and offer visitors of all ages a one-of-a-kind relationship with nature and art.” We love that! Have you visited Little Island in New York City yet? Let us know how your experience was like if you have and when you hope to visit if you haven’t! We love the Little Island and hope to visit this beautiful park again soon!

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