6. A Futuristic New Park is Coming to Hudson River Park

Rendering of Pier 55 park by Heatherwick Studio

After much political drama, a futuristic new park at Pier 55 is finally under construction with a design by Thomas Heatherwick, who is also behind The Vessel at Hudson Yards. The undulating park will sit atop modern piers and include rolling lawns, a public plaza and a 750-person amphitheater. The paths will reach as high as 62 feet, making this a sure destination for views of the city and the river.

Pier 55’s design was selected through a competition by Hudson River Park and philanthropist Barry Diller with the requirements to create a public park with world class performance space. The design idea takes inspiration from the wooden pilings that remain of the old pier and extending 280 concrete piles out of the water, serve as large planters, and allow for a landscape of different elevations. More than 100 species of trees are planned to be planted on the new Pier 55, offering a haven from the busy highway just adjacent.