Little Island’s History Audio Tour
The Story of Our Pier and Neighborhood
Narrated by Tony Award Winner André De Shields
Take a walk through the park and immerse yourself in the history of the iconic Meatpacking District and Hudson River waterfront.
André De Shields
In a career spanning fifty-five years, André De Shields, at age 77, has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, activist, educator and philanthropist. As Actor Mr. De Shields’ mission is to fill intimate spaces with enormous beauty. He defines intimate spaces as the hearts of humanity. As Activist he endeavors to restore majesty, elegance and literacy to the Black Thespian toolbox. His legendary career has resulted in a treasure trove of accolades, among them Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa from his Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has founded THE ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS FUND. His other marks of esteem include having been the triple crown winner of the 2019 awards season, garnering Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Grammy Awards for his universally acclaimed role as Hermes, messenger to the gods, in Hadestown. Mr. De Shields transitioned from 2022 into 2023 with a paranormal portrayal as Ben Loman in the searing production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, starring Wendell “The Lion” Pierce. Perennially known for his idiosyncratic, show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions—The Wiz, Ain t Misbehavin (Emmy Award), Play On! and The Full Monty—Mr. De Shields has achieved the status of “Broadway Deity.” www.andredeshields.com.
Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk is presently Ambassador – Ramapough Lenape Nation NY/NJ . She is an Elder, Spiritual Advisor/Mentor, Public Speaker, Activist, and Teacher of all Truths as they are received from the Creator and the Ancestors. Grandmother Clara has been facilitating ceremonies both nationally and internationally since 2013. She has supported and taken an active role in the youth of today. Attending with voice, past protests of Climate Change in D.C. and on the steps of City Hall in NYC. Grandmother Clara defines herself as a “Spiritual Ecologist”, “In this time of Global turmoil, we must be open to a new level of consciousness. I stand for the Water. I stand for the Land. I stand for the People. I RISE for the next SEVEN GENERATIONS!”
Robert moved to New York in 1990 to attend college at Columbia and has called the place home ever since, bouncing around from neighborhood to neighborhood in several Heights (Morningside, Brooklyn, Prospect, and Washington),one Village (East), and a Kitchen (Hell’s).
He has written about New York in essays and articles, in plays like A Wedding Album and This Blessed Plot, and novels like Suspension and The Sightseers as well as three other upcoming books. For several years, he blogged about New York in conjunction with 74 video tours of the city (Little Bytes of the Big Apple) and has been featured on the Travel Channel as part of their Monumental Mysteries series. Since 1997, he has given tours to (literally) tens of thousands of people, on buses and boats, on foot and by bike, in limos and on subway trains.