Little Island consists of more than 130 elements that resemble flowers with wide corollas, which are fixed on the bottom of the Hudson River a few dozen meters from the Manhattan waterfront.
An artificial island on reinforced concrete piles above the Hudson River in the western part of Manhattan has become a new attraction in New York.
The island, which has an area of almost 10 thousand square meters, was named Little Island. It consists of more than 130 elements that resemble flowers in shape with wide corollas on long legs. They are anchored at the bottom of the Hudson River a few dozen meters from the Manhattan waterfront; the entrance is located in the area of 13th Street.
There is a park on the island. Its visitors can walk along the paths, lawns, visit the observation decks. There is an amphitheater with about 700 seats, where it is expected that regular theater performances and concerts will begin from June. It is planned that artists of Broadway theaters will take part in them, in particular. Many of them are out of work because of the pandemic.
Construction of Little Island began in 2018. It opened to the public last week.
“This is a wonderful place, a real gift for us,” said Jill, a resident of the metropolis, who came to see the artificial island.
Entry is still restricted
Currently, due to the influx of visitors in the conditions of the pandemic, the entrance to the park in the afternoon is limited and is only available by appointment on the site. According to employees of the park, those who sign up on Thursday will not be able to visit it until Saturday. “It seems that all of New York has come here, maybe it’s because of the heat,” one of the workers said. No fees are charged to visitors.
The project for the construction of an artificial island was developed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. The necessary finances were provided by the American billionaire Barry Diller, who is the chairman of the board of directors of the travel company Expedia. He previously told reporters that he had invested about $ 260 million in the construction of Little Island. In an interview with The New York Times this month, Diller noted that the fund under his control will provide funds for the maintenance of the park for about 20 years. According to the entrepreneur’s estimates, his total charitable expenses for these purposes will reach $380 million. Several local environmental organizations have opposed the construction of an artificial island in recent years. They, in particular, tried to prove in court that the appearance of Little Island will cause serious damage to the fish populations living in the Hudson. The court ultimately disagreed with these claims. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped reach a final agreement between the parties.