Little Island, A Novel ‘Floating Park’ in New York City

Little Island is a novel and cool ‘floating park’ at Pier 55 on the west side of New York City along the Hudson River. The topography of the 2.4-acre park features rolling hills, lush green parks, a large amphitheater that are all developed upon “pots” that look like a tulip or even the back of a woman’s high-heeled shoe.

Components of the pier, nestled among more than 350 species of flowers, trees, and shrubs, include a 687-seat amphitheater and an intimate stage and lawn space, along with dazzling views of other portions of Hudson River Park, New York City, and the Hudson River.

The park was designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio and was inspired by what survived Pier 54 after it was decimated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Heatherwick also created the climbable sculpture “Vessel” which is just up the street in Hudson Yards.

Heatherwick Studio explored the idea of designing a new pier that could draw from the remaining wooden piles from Pier 54. ‘My studio and I became interested in the remains of the old piers on the west side of Manhattan, where their top surfaces had long gone, leaving only hundreds of ancient structural wooden piles sticking out of the river.

The park is located just outside Diller’s office at the IAC building in Chelsea designed by Frank Gehry. The riverside neighborhood provides incredible views of the Empire State Building and other famous New York City sites.

The park opened on May 21, 2021 and admission is free and open until noon. Reservations are required for visits after 12 PM.

Every day through September 30, timed entry reservations will be offered every half-hour starting at 12:00 through the remainder of the day. Once you enter the park, there is no time limit to your stay. 6:00 am to 12:00 pm: No reservations required for entry. We will monitor the park for crowding and safety at these times. 12:00 pm and on: Free timed entry reservations required for entry.

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