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The Little Island, Barry Diller’s $260m Public Park, Opens For Public

From Manhattan’s West Side Highway, the Little Island looks like a cluster of giant white flower buds sprouting from the Hudson River. But the 2.4-acre park—conceived and mostly paid for by billionaire Barry Diller through his Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation—is an undulating platform of grass, trees and winding pathways mounted on concrete piles where Pier 54 used to be.

When it opens to the public on May 22nd,  visitors will be able to enter from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. year-round via two bridges that connect the structure to the Hudson River Greenway and roughly correspond to 14th and 13th streets. The most dramatic approach is from the southern entrance through an arch covered in plants and trees.


Once visitors cross the water and come inside, they’ll find that the Little Island was designed for exploration, novelty and discovery, said Trish Santini, the park’s Executive Director. “That’s a really thoughtful aspect of the design,” Santini said. “There are different views of the city, views of the water, views of people and views of the landscape. You’re digesting a different element of the experience.”