Along the Hudson River, not too far from the Whitney Museum, a new highlight is currently in the works: Pier 55 in NYC. Unlike most piers in New York, Pier 55 will extend into the river, creating its own peninsula. In November of 2019, Pier 55 was dubbed “Little Island”. Here’s why you should be excited about its opening in 2021.
Little Island at Pier 55 is taking shape
Back in 2014, Barry Diller announced his project of a futuristic cultural park along the Hudson River. Now, five years later and after several phases of halted construction, we finally start to see the pier coming along.
The new off-shore park will be 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. Once completed, Little Island at Pier 55 extends over 2,5 acres, most of which will be covered by lush greenery. Over 100 tree species will help make Pier 55 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. Its highlight will be an amphitheater for live performances.
When will Little Island at Pier 55 open?
Pier 55 broke ground in April 2018 and its construction is currently in full swing. The opening is scheduled for spring 2021. Once completed, it will be open to the public all year round.
Where is Little Island?
Little Island is located at Pier 55 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 55’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!
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