Park Rules & FAQs
To ensure each visitor can experience Little Island as a safe, enjoyable, and beautiful park, we ask that visitors refrain from the following activities:
- Walking in plant beds
- Picking flowers or plants
- Bringing in outside alcohol
- Smoking or Vaping
- Riding or bringing bicycles
- Using skateboards, roller skates/blades, and scooters
- Playing amplified sound
- Commercial activity
- Obstructing entrances or paths
- Bringing dogs, with the exception of working dogs
- Flying drones
Little Island is a part of Hudson River Park. For a complete list of Hudson River Park rules, click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE PARK
What is Little Island?
Little Island is a new public park located in Hudson River Park. We invite all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy a public space designed to inspire imagination and creativity and offer visitors of all ages a one-of-a-kind relationship with nature and art.
Where is it located?
You can find us in Hudson River Park, between 13th and 14th Streets. The park is accessible by two pedestrian bridges connecting to the Hudson River esplanade.
How do I get there?
The best way to get to Little Island is by taking public transportation to 14th Street.
Via trains: The nearest subway stations are the A, C, E, and L trains located at 14th Street and 8th Avenue (ADA accessible); the 1, 2, and 3 trains located at 14th Street and 7th Avenue; and the F and M trains located at 14th Street and 6th Avenue. Walking west, visitors can cross the West Side Highway at 14th and 13th Streets.
Via bus: The M11, M12, and M14D SBS buses stop at 14th Street and 10th Avenue.
Check out our map here.
If you plan to travel by car, please note that there is no on-site parking. If you travel by taxi, please plan all pickups and drop-offs east of 10th Avenue.
Is there parking on Little Island?
Little Island does not have any dedicated parking areas. The nearest public paid parking garage is MPG Manhattan Parking located at 450 West 17th St between 9th and 10th Avenues. Cars can drop off on 10th Ave or at the dedicated drop off area at Pier 57.
What is the history behind the former pier?
Little Island’s structure emerges from the remnants of the former Pier 54. Piers in this area north of the Gansevoort Peninsula operated the luxury transatlantic Cunard and White Star cruise lines in the early 1900s. In 1912, survivors of the RMS Titanic were brought back to safety to Pier 54 on the RMS Carpathia. In 1915, the RMS Lusitania departed from Pier 54 before it was sunk off the coast of Ireland by German U-boat, a major event leading up to the United States’ entry into World War I.
In more recent years, Pier 54 was an arts and entertainment pier that hosted concerts and events. When it fell into disrepair, the vision behind Little Island was to stay true to the original Pier 54 and build something spectacular in its place. Learn more about our history here.
Who designed the park?
The structural architecture of the park was designed by the UK-based Heatherwick Studio, and the landscape architecture was designed by Signe Nielsen, founding principal of MNLA. Learn more about them here.
Who funds Little Island?
Little Island is an initiative of The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation (DVFFF), whose considerable philanthropic history extends to several other New York City parks and arts organizations including The Shed, Signature Theatre, Carnegie Hall Society, and the Central Park Conservancy. The foundation was an early and ongoing supporter of The High Line and Diane von Furstenberg led the fundraising effort for the new Statue of Liberty Museum and the continued beautification of Liberty Island.
The Diller – von Furstenberg family has been committed to strengthening the communities of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District for many decades. Diane von Furstenberg relaunched her brand in the Meatpacking District in the late 90s and Barry Diller built his IAC headquarters on West 18th Street in 2007—both organizations have directly contributed to the long-term development and economic impact of the neighborhood. The creation of Little Island continues this tradition.
How do I get involved?
Thank you for your interest. We encourage your involvement by attending our events—see our current calendar at littleisland.org/events. Performing artists interested in getting involved with Little Island should look into our Perform in the Park submissions program. For employment opportunities, view our latest postings here.
VISITING AND USING THE PARK
What are the hours of operation?
Little Island is open every day from 6:00 am.
Are you open all year?
Yes! We are open 365 days a year unless weather conditions dictate otherwise.
Is the park open when it's raining or when there's severe weather?
Little Island is open rain or shine. From time to time, the park will close due to lightning strikes and other severe weather occurrences. Visitors will be asked to evacuate the island during these times. In case of inclement weather, please check our website and social media channels for updates.
Is there a fee to enter Little Island?
No. The park is free and open to the public. Certain events and performances in The Amph, will be ticketed, but the park itself will never have a fee for general entry. Timed entry reservations are required to enter the park from 12pm through the remainder of the day, learn more here.
Does my child need a timed entry reservation?
Children ages 3 and up need a timed entry reservation starting at 12pm daily.
Do I need to print out my timed entry reservation?
Timed entry reservations may be printed out or displayed on your mobile device.
I made a timed entry reservation. Can I exchange it due to rain, for a different date, add a guest, etc?
No. Unfortunately due to the volume of our bookings, we are unable to make changes to existing reservations. The park stays open in the rain except in cases of extreme weather.
Is the park accessible?
Yes, our entire park is ADA compliant. Our Visitor Experience staff are also equipped to support access needs to ensure that all New Yorkers have the most enjoyable park experience possible. Learn more about our accessibility efforts here.
Are there public restrooms on Little Island?
Yes. Our restrooms, including an ADA accessible all-gender restroom, are located near The Glade just past the South Bridge entrance to the park.
Can I picnic on the grounds?
Feel free to bring your food to enjoy on our lawns, or at our tables in The Play Ground, where we also sell food & drink. Check out our rotating offerings here.
Can I consume alcohol in Little Island?
Beer and wine is available for purchase in The Play Ground for ages 21+. No outside alcohol is permitted in the park.
Do you have a lost & found?
Yes. If you think you have left something in the park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and describe the item, date, and where in the park you think you lost it (The Amph, The Play Ground, an Overlook, etc.) If you are in the park, please approach any of our Visitor Experience Hosts and they will do their best to assist you. If you find something in the park, please hand it off to the nearest staff member.
Are dogs allowed in the park?
No. We love your dogs, but unfortunately can’t allow them at Little Island. We’re a small park with a lot of visitors, and plenty of plants and flowers that need preservation. Only working dogs assisting patrons with disabilities are allowed at Little Island.
Can I ride or bring my bike to the park?
Bikes are not permitted on Little Island. You may park your bike at nearby bike stands located just north and south of Little Island on the Hudson River Park esplanade.
Can I ride my scooter, skateboard, or roller skate/bade in the park?
For the safety of all visitors, riding on scooters and skateboards, and roller skating/blading is not allowed in the park. You may carry them in the park.
Are strollers permitted in the park?
Strollers are welcome in the park, but not in The Amph. We do not offer stroller parking for performances in The Amph, so do plan ahead if you are planning to bring small children to a show.
Can I run in the park?
Of course! But our park is small, and our pathways are very active, please stay alert and safe while enjoying a run.
Do you offer tours?
We do not offer guided tours at this time, but you can listen to our Audio Tour here, narrated by Little Island's landscape architect Signe Nielsen.
Is there wi-fi in the park?
There is no public wi-fi in the park.
Can I smoke in the park?
No, please help us keep our air clean! No smoking of any kind, including vaping, or use of e-cigarettes is permitted in New York parks.
EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES
Where do events and performances take place?
Most of Little Island’s events and performances will take place in The Amph, The Glade, or The Play Ground. A map of these locations can be found here.
I’m attending a performance. What should I know?
Please see our full ticketing policies here.
Do programs change or get cancelled?
To the best of our ability, Little Island’s events will take place rain or shine. From time to time, some shows may have their start times changed, be rescheduled, or canceled due to severe weather or unforeseen issues. All ticket holders will be notified of any such changes. Unless you hear directly from us, all shows will go on as scheduled. Please be sure to follow us on social media for all of the latest performance updates.
I'm having issues accessing my tickets for an upcoming performance, who can I contact?
If there are any issues with purchasing or accessing your tickets, please email email@example.com
I'd like to perform in the park, where can I apply?
Submissions are closed for our inaugural year but will be reopening again later this summer for the 2022 season. We encourage you to sign up for our mailing list on our website and follow us on social media (@LittleIslandNYC) to stay up to date on announcements. For more information about Perform in The Park, please visit our website at https://littleisland.org/submissions
Are any of the park’s spaces available for rent?
No. As a public park, none of Little Island’s spaces may be formally reserved or rented for private gatherings.
Can I hold a private or corporate event or wedding?
Unfortunately, no. We know this would be a beautiful location to hold your event, but none of Little Island’s spaces may be formally reserved or rented for private gatherings, in the interest of keeping the park as accessible to the public as possible.
Can I hold a photo or film shoot?
Anyone is welcome to take photos and videos in the park as long as you are not blocking traffic or making exclusive use of an area. However, commercial photography or film shoots are not permitted in the park.
What if I have a question that’s still unanswered?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help!