New York City needs new green space now more than ever. In a few months, we're getting some. Little Island at Pier 55 is a two-acre park that hovers above the Hudson River. When it opens in 2021, it'll welcome New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore its slopes, trees, shrubs and flowers—it'll be like visiting a botanical garden in the middle of Manhattan. Walking through its vaulted opening, you're afforded not only views of its open lawns and plantings, but incredible views of Manhattan and the river. That stunning vista will also act as a backdrop to live theater that will take place at two amphitheaters within the park.
New York has undergone a seismic transformation over the last year. While much of that change has resulted in unprecedented challenges for the city’s arts, hospitality and tourism industries, it has also created an opportunity for some absolutely brilliant new ideas to thrive.
Amidst the current cultural upheaval, we've seen some staggering examples of innovation—from NYC's best museums pushing technological boundaries to brand-new green spaces and some seriously impressive (and seriously fun) new ways to support your fellow New Yorkers. (Not to mention all the outdoor dining!)
As we look forward, we've gathered some of the most exciting people, places and things that are creating a better New York right now.