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"Little Island": New York has a new island park in the Hudson River

After years of discussion, delays and explosions in costs, New York has a new island park. Hundreds of people have flocked to Little Island on Manhattan's west coast since the weekend, a park built on stilts in the Hudson River. In addition to flowers, trees, meadows and views of the Manhattan skyline, the facility also offers theater facilities for open-air events as well as snack and drink stands. The building was financed by media mogul Barry Diller with around 260 million dollars (about 210 million euros).

Historic Pier 54

Pier 54, a landing stage for ocean liners operated by the British shipping company “Cunard-White Star”, once stood on the site of “Little Island”. In 1912 the Carpathia docked here, with more than 700 rescued passengers of the sunken Titanic on board. In 1915 the Lusitania cast off from here, a little later she was sunk by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland, killing almost 1200 people.

Later the pier rusted, today only a rusty steel structure with the inscription "Cunard White Star" reminds of the historical importance. Next to it, there have recently been signs that read: “Welcome to Little Island”.

Project of a media mogul

Media mogul Diller - who with his wife, the star designer Diane von Fürstenberg, had already financed the revival of the nearby former elevated railway line High Line - announced several years ago that he wanted to build a park on the site of the pier. At that time he had expected costs of around 35 million dollars, the project had the working title "Pier 55", but was also derided by many people as "Diller Island".

The new park inspires

Activists protested, among other things, for environmental reasons and aesthetic concerns, the costs rose - and Diller canceled the project again in 2017. Only after the mediation of Governor Andrew Cuomo did Diller make a “last attempt to revive the project”. At the opening, the park received mostly rave reviews. The architecture critic of the New York Times, Michael Kimmelman, described him as a “charmer”.

Another attraction is opposite structure

Just a few weeks earlier, the Whitney Museum opposite had already placed another attraction right next to it: a sculpture by US artist David Hammons that traces the outlines of a former port building with steel bars. The steel structure, entitled “Day's End”, will from now on be permanently visible in the Hudson River Park.

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