When strolling Manhattan’s West Side, turn your gaze to The Hudson River and you will notice a massive floating construction project. This $250 million undertaking is actually a floating park, which is the brainchild of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and her media mogul husband Barry Diller. This first-of-its kind 2.4 acre park is being paid for by Furstenberg and Diller. Built on concrete pots, the park features a rolling terrain and marine life sanctuary that will also shield the area from storms. This floating park is scheduled to be done by spring of 2021.
- Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg are funding a $250 million floating park on the Hudson River called Pier 55.
- Diller had temporarily left the project in the face of opposition, but returned after Governor Andrew Cuomo helped negotiate a compromise.
- Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the 2.4 acre park is intended to resemble a leaf floating on water.
“To achieve that delicate effect, workers have been installing 132 tulip-shaped concrete pots which rest on pilings in the river. According to a NY Times story, each pot weighs more than 90 tons.”