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Everything we know about the island park opening on the Hudson River

Everything we know about the island park opening on the Hudson River
Photograph: Courtesy Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio

Are you ready to walk on water?

Pier 55, otherwise known as the island park Barry Diller is spearheading, has been officially sanctioned by the courts. The sponsors are now allowed to move forward with the preliminary construction of the park, driving nine piles into the riverbed which is also a breeding estuary, according to the Daily News

The construction was initially blocked by the courts after the City Club tried to argue that "the decision to give away parkland to build an amphitheater and outdoor space is illegal."

In April, the courts decided against the City Club, saying the Hudson River Park Trust didn't need any other organization's permission to give the nonprofit which is building the park (and is funded by Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenburg), the land. But the City Club appealed and construction has been halted for a month—til now. 

Now the $130 million, 2.7-acre park will undergo its first round of construction, on its way to housing rolling hills and three performance venues, including an amphitheater with space for 700 people. It will be built at 14th Street, with the land given by the trust for $1 per year for the next 20 years.

Here's to adding another waterfront park to the list in our concrete jungle!

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Chris H

Yet another example of the wealthy building nice things for themselves on public land. Oh, and they'll invite the public to visit it and enjoy it, but of course only those who do will live nearby in the upper class neighborhood -- people won't be coming from the Bronx or Harlem to walk in the park. This park is not a destination for 8 million city residents -- if 1,000 unique NYC residents visited the park each day, it would take 22 years for the total population to see it once. This little toy is for the next door neighbors and it was built by the rich for the rich few with a free giveaway of public land. This is wrong, but the rich own everything including the government so no one can stop them.


That's an asinine comment. I am from the Bronx and enjoy activities all over the city. Even those "made for the rich on public land".

Jon K

@Chris H on the river, I'm pretty sure, doesn't fit the definition of public land. did you have plans to visit that section of the your lifetime?

Fred C

@A P Riding the subway on weekends sucks.