The construction of Diller Island (Pier 55), a new park on the Hudson River, is progressing quickly, since it began in the Spring of 2018. The $250 million project was conceived by, and is financially backed by, Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. The public park will float on vessels atop the Hudson River, where the southern tip of the High Line is currently situated. Diller Island will replace Pier 54, where survivors of the Titanic were once brought ashore in April 1912.
The 2.7-acre park’s playful design is reminiscent of Peter Pan’s “Neverland” and is perched on top of 132 specially crafted concrete pots that are arranged in an undulating, organic form. It was designed by the London-based Heatherwick Studio and New York’s own Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The park is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020 and will offer optimal views of New York’s skyline, while providing spaces for visitors to freely eat, relax and enjoy music and performances.
The new park will also feature a 700-seat amphitheater for music, dance and theater, as well as two open-air landscaped areas, where performances will be staged. The aim is to offer 51 percent of tickets to the public for free, or under $30, once the arts programming begins in the Spring of 2021.