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Unique, long awaited Little Island park opens to public in NYC


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Unique, long awaited Little Island park opens to public in NYC

Little Island, a new free public park at 13th Street in Hudson River Park, is now open to the public. It offers a unique green space unlike any other in New York City.

The park, one of the first to open in the city since the COVID-19 pandemic, provides serene spaces to explore, new venues for live performances and cultural events, and unique vantage points to view the surrounding area.

Little Island, funded primarily by The Diller - von Furstenberg Family Foundation, is opening as the city prepares for the summer season and after more than a year of restrictions and closures. It adds sweeping space to the popular Hudson River Park, which spans four miles along Manhattan's West Side.

"I hope Little Island will serve as a whimsical oasis for everyone who visits," Barry Diller said. "A place to wander around and be happily surprised at every turn, to lounge and graze the landscape, and to be entertained, educated and stimulated by our programming."

With its own independent arts programming set to begin in June, Little Island will host hundreds of local artists and performers, and offer free programming for visitors of all ages.

Components of the park, nestled among more than 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs, include a 687-seat amphitheater dubbed "The Amph," a central plaza with seating and serving food and beverages knows as "The Play Ground," an intimate stage and lawn space called "The Glade," and dazzling views of the park, New York City, and the Hudson River.

Little Island was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, of Heatherwick Studio, with landscape design by Signe Nielsen of MNLA.

"It's a joy to welcome the public to this newest area of Hudson River Park, and we are forever grateful to Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their extraordinary contribution to Hudson River Park and New York City overall," acting President of the Hudson River Park Trust Noreen Doyle said. "Bringing a project like Little Island to life took vision, tenacity and commitment from countless people."

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They have a new little socialist island in New York that will eventually live off of tax dollars someday.

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