MNLA and Heatherwick Studio’s Little Island harnesses topography to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience

Manhattan’s Far West Side, that one-time bustling entrepot-turned-dreary postindustrial terrain, has undergone significant changes in the past two decades. The 550-acre Hudson River Park has been the primary catalyst in the area, absorbing former decaying piers as it expanded southward. Now, after years of litigious drama that would make Cellino & Barnes blush, the park welcomes its newest and certainly most fanciful addition: Little Island.

The much-hyped 2.4-acre public park (free reservations are required to enter) was designed in tandem by New York landscape architecture firm MNLA and the London-based Heatherwick Studio—the former was responsible for the landscaping up top while the latter designed

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