New York City is home to some of the United States’ most magnificent parks, including Central Park, Domino Park, Prospect Park, and many others. And since then, “The City That Never Sleeps” is expanding its offerings with the addition of Little Island, which has once again opened its gate to the public last May 21, 2021.
The new park is 2.4 acres in size and is located at 13th Street along Hudson River Park. People who prefer to go sightseeing will be able to enjoy over 350 species of flowers, shrubs, and trees within the park’s walls, as well as a plaza with available seating and snack stalls dubbed “The Play Ground,” a lawn and stage area called “The Glade,” and an amazing amphitheater named “The Amph” that can accommodate up to 687 people. Starting from last month, the park has hosted a variety of local artists and musicians, as well as a slew of events perfect for people of all ages.
Heatherwick Studio’s Thomas Heatherwick, who previously designed the Hudson Yards Vessel, is the mind behind the design of the park. A “leaf floating in the sea” was the inspiration for the island’s form. The entirety was built using 280 concrete piles and 132 “tulips” on top of it, with each holding a different weight.
Little Island has also announced its “Artists in Residence,” who will “direct and/or perform work,” coordinate events and festivals, connect with their partners around the community, and act as reviewers for their Perform in the Park submission programs, as stated by a press release. Some of the performers include choreographer and tap dancer Ayodele Casel, director and playwright Tina Landau, actor, musical director, and singer Michael McElroy, and the PigPen Theater Corporation. They were scheduled to make their appearances last month.