Little Island at Pier55
New York, New York
Barry Diller and the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation, in partnership with the Hudson River Park Trust, envisioned Little Island — a green space in the Hudson River. Kiewit subsidiary Weeks Marine, Inc., was responsible for the one-of-a-kind pier construction that supports this two-and-a-half-acre park on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.
In 2018, Weeks installed 267 cylindrical piles to provide foundational support for the 132 tulip-shaped concrete pots, which give Little Island its distinct aesthetic. The tulip pots range in height from 10 to 30 feet and vary in weight to up to 75 tons. Since no two pots are exactly alike, Weeks developed 132 unique lift plans and engineered custom spreader beams and assembly frames for the erection of the pots.
Since its opening in May 2021, Little Island has had over one million people visiting its unique sloping landscapes, seating lawns, pathways and amphitheater. With over 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs, Little Island provides a gathering space for community engagements with an emphasis on art and educational workshops. This creative public space will have a long-lasting impact on New York City.