Forget the High Line, the Vessel, and Hudson Yards (sorry, not sorry). This summer, New York City is officially back and better than ever with the grand debut of Little Island NYC (@littleislandnyc). The Big Apple’s latest and greatest attraction — a floating park complete with killer views, tranquil green space, manicured gardens, and stunning architecture — is beloved by locals and travelers alike.
Little Island is situated right off the West Side Highway at Pier 55. The floating park, which opened back in May, is an architectural delight complete with plenty of whimsical flair. Over the past two months, the park has quickly become a popular gathering spot. It spans 2.4 acres of lush gardens and greenery (including 300-plus species of beautiful flora). The on-site entertainment venue, The Amph, can accommodate nearly 700 people and offers awe-inspiring Hudson River views. It will host an array of event programming like art workshops, live music, and more. Visitors can also lounge out on the lawn or grab a seat on the plaza. Light bites and coffee are also available for purchase should you need to refuel in between exploring. (think: baked goods, salads, and sandwiches).
Perhaps the park’s most photo-worthy feature is its 100-plus tulip-shaped concrete columns, which are perfectly perched above the Hudson. The structures range in elevation from 15 to 62 feet high. Expect postcard-worthy NYC views — and be sure to snap plenty of pictures.
What’s more, Little Island’s playful design makes it one of the most unique attractions in all of NYC. The public park is free to enter and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m; however, reservations are required if you choose to visit between noon and 8:00 p.m.