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Not far from the Meatpacking District and the High Line, Little Island is one of the newest attractions in New York and is something very special: a park on 132 beautiful tulip-shaped concrete stilts in the Hudson River!
In this article I tell you what makes it so special (to me) and everything else you need to know about Little Island in New York!
Where is Little Island?
Little Island is located at Pier 54 which is part of Hudson River Park. You can find it at the height of 13th Street in the Meatpacking District. A great way to get there is by walking the High Line. From the Southern end, it’ll only be a 5-minute walk. After stopping at Pier 54’s Little Island you can continue your journey along the High Line all the way to Hudson Yards and the Vessel.
The rooftop bar above Standard Hotel offers you fantastic views of Little Island!
Back in 2014, Barry Diller announced his project of a futuristic cultural park along the Hudson River. The new off-shore park is anchored in the Hudson River by giant concrete pylons. Each of those pylons will be arranged at a different height giving the impression of a wave-shaped structure.
Little Island at Pier 54 extends over 2,5 acres, most of which will be covered by lush greenery. Over 35 tree species will help make Pier 54 yet another green oasis in the concrete jungle of New York City. The finished design of the pier will resemble a floating leaf on water. That is not all, however. In addition to greenery and plenty of seating areas to relax, the floating park will feature art exhibitions and community events. It is highlight is an amphitheater for live performances.
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Things to do on Little Island
First of all, you’ll be able to relax from all the walking and have a great view of the Manhattan skyline. What do I love about Little Island? It’s been designed with gentle hills, walking paths and over 35 different types of trees, so we really have a green oasis waiting for us!
The design highlight will be the amphitheater, which is right on the water – plus there will be two more event spaces and art exhibits, just like at the nearby High Line.
Impressions of Little Island in New York
This is what you can look forward to – I really love it!!
Frequently Asked Questions about Little Island
Is it possible to eat and drink on Little Island?
Yes – you can do that, too. At the so-called “Playground” you can get typical New York food like a Spicy Chicken Burger, beer, soft drinks and wine.
When will Little Island open in New York?
Little Island Park opened on May 21, 2021, and has been open to the public since then.
Is the entrance to Little Island free?
Yes! Little Island is another attraction that is free in New York! But remember you need a free ticket when you want to visit Little Island during these hours:
- May 12 – September 19
- every day from 12:00 pm – close
- Thursday – Sunday and Holidays
What are the opening hours of Little Island in New York?
Attention: free reservations are required from 12pm to close. This is easy and quick on the official website.
- October 31 – March 13: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
- March 14 – May 25: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
- May 26 – September 5: 6:00 am – 12:00 am
- September 6 – October 30: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
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