Opening in 2021, Little Island will enchant park visitors of all ages with its unique design and programmatic offerings that highlight and celebrate the spontaneity and creativity of New York. Pathways on this public park pier will lead visitors to outlooks high above the water with extraordinary views of the cityscape and harbor. An outdoor amphitheater and other informal spaces will feature performances throughout the park. Little Island will be a maritime botanic garden with 35 species of trees, 65 species of shrubs, and 270 varieties of grasses, perennials, vines and bulbs.
Little Island is located at Pier 55, which replaces the original Pier 54. Adjacent to the pier, the last remaining steel structure of the historic head house once used by The White Star Line is being restored and will grace the southern entrance of Little Island.
You can find out more about the construction happening at Little Island by visiting here.
Learn more about the origins of this “floating island”.
The area north of the Gansevoort Peninsula was once known as “Luxury Liner Row.” The piers in this area were built for the Cunard and White Star Lines, which operated luxury transatlantic vessels in the early twentieth century. The original Pier 54 is associated with two of the world’s most notable disasters at sea. Survivors from the RMS Titanic were returned to Pier 54 on the RMS Carpathia in 1912. Three years later, the RMS Lusitania departed from Pier 54 on its final journey before making international headlines when it sunk off the coast of Ireland, a major factor contributing to the United States’ entry into World War I.