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Pier55 will be a new public park floating above the Hudson River

•, By Stu Robarts

No sooner had the final section of the High Line recently opened, than plans for a similar space in Queens were announced. Now, New Yorkers can look forward to a new public park quite literally on the Hudson River.

Pier55 will be a 2.7-acre (1.09-hectare) public space and events venue. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, which has also designed the proposed and similar London Garden Bridge, it will provide spaces for relaxing, walking and enjoying "lush lawns and pathways."

Design renderings show the park slightly offshore in its lower west side of Manhattan location. Visitors will be able to access the park via piers that reach out to what will be an island built on piles. A variety of different environments will be available to visitors, including trees, secluded trails and open grasslands. There will be spaces for exercising and other actvities, as well as an amphitheater space overlooking the river.

The project will apparently cost in excess of US$130 million is being funded primarily by the Diller and von Furstenberg families.

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