The new public park is installed on a monumental architectural platform, made up of 132 cement "tulips" that emerge from the water and form reliefs like a floating leaf. There will be music, dance, theater, and comedy shows.
New York felt the excitement of the tourist crowds again this Friday at the long-awaited opening of Little Island, an oasis of almost one hectare that floats on the Hudson River and that has taken seven years to erect since it was conceived by media mogul Barry Diller, its primary funder.
From 6 a.m., when it opened its doors in surprise, hundreds of New Yorkers came looking for this new public park, built on a monumental construction platform, formed by 132 cement "tulips," which water Comes out of and provides help. Like a floating leaf.
Little Island's Executive Coordinator explained that it is a garden of bliss open to all and a gift to New York to give people access to a blend of nature and art, usually with music, dance, theater, or It will be free from humor, Jessie Long.
The park comes to revitalize a pier that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and that has a solid historical component since, at the beginning of the last century, It was the end that welcomed the descendants of the Titanic. Decades later, before it went into decline, it belonged to the vibrant musical and LGBT community.
The Big Apple said today that the flowers, trees, and shrubs are scattered among the hills with species of species and green brooms with Manhattan views, including the "food truck" plaza and the sunset. The scene is an amphitheater that will premiere in June. Another incentive to reopen it is designed for summer.
"I hope Littleland serves as a passionate oasis for everyone who comes to the island, a place to stroll and happily marvel at every turn, stay behind, and graze in the landscape. , And entertains, educates, and inspires through our programming," he said. In a statement, one of the founders of Fox, Diller.
And the thing is, its "little island" is icing on the cake at Hudson River Park, which bathes west of Manhattan and whose managing consortium decided in 2014 to turn the billionaire businessman into a billionaire businessman. ۔ Public-private cooperation, which was not without opposition, almost ended.
The project faced legal trouble due to environmental impacts on the aquatic ecosystem and an alleged lack of transparency, particularly through the magnet Douglas Durst, developer of several of New York's leading skyscrapers, and the title fight I am accused of making headlines.
Finally, the president of the Internet company IAC contributed 26 260 million to the project, and through this social foundation contributed another 160 160 million to sustain it for the next two decades, thanks to his wife, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
The design was done by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, creator of the controversial tourist sculpture The Vessel, a complex 45-meter-high spiral staircase of metallic sheen that leads to nowhere in the center of the upscale neighborhood of nearby Hudson Yards.
The Diller-Furstenberg's, who have a lot of influence in western New York, have become involved as patrons in essential tourist attractions such as the High Line, the Whitney Museum, or the Museum of the Statue of Liberty, they say because they love the "art and public spaces" and are "fortunate to have resources."
Speaking to the economic media CNBC, Diller was optimistic about contributing to the resurgence in what was the epicenter of the pandemic: For a year, it was deserted. It was as if a nuclear explosion had killed humans. Now we have come out of it, and it shows in the streets: people are happy. I'm happy, he said.