Check out the Hills, a new park on Governors Island (video)

This morning, Bloomberg broke ground on a new green space on everyone's favorite military outpost turned city retreat.

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The Hills, a new public park on Governors Island.

The Hills, a new public park on Governors Island. Photograph: West 8

As part of the amazing expansion plans in place for Governors Island, Mayor Bloomberg today broke ground on the Hills, one of the elements of new parkland. This particular space will feature a series of rolling slopes that will alternately block and highlight the urban skyline, creating a unique city-hiding space that suddenly opens onto, say, a striking canyonlike view of the Statue of Liberty—which will also be visible from the top of 80-foot Outlook Hill.


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The landscape will have grassy lawns, winding paths and recycled granite; some hills will incorporate slides for kids, and others will integrate sculptural art into nature. Head over to Bloomberg's Flickr for stunning panoramic renderings of what the completed parkland will look like (and look on to).



In other Governors Island news, the City Council voted to change the waterside landmark's zoning, meaning that for-profit businesses such as stores and restaurants will now be allowed to set up shop on the formerly commercially limited space. (h/t Curbed)



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