Meet New York City’s newest public park, Little Island, on the Hudson River off Pier 54. Little Island is located in Hudson River Park and was once home to the Lenape tribe. Between 1910 and 1935, Pier 54 operated the British Cunard-White Star line, serving as a point of departure and return for trans-Atlantic ocean liner voyages. In 2013 and after the damage of Hurricane Sandy, Barry Diller from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation and in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust leadership, reimagined the space as a unique public area. The park’s design was a collaboration of the UK-based Heatherwick Studio and the New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, led by Signe Nielsen. They created an immersive experience marrying nature and art with spaces dedicated to live performances as well. The park opens early in the morning and you don’t need timed entry tickets until after noon. Definitely worth the trip.
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