Hunter’s Point South’s New Park Expansion Offers Scenic Waterfront Views in Long Island City

The new 5.5-acre expansion to Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is now open to the public.

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Now officially open to the public, this second phase of Hunter's Point South in Long Island City brings the park to a total of 11-acres of open space along the East River waterfront.
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The park's expansion begins at 54th Avenue and wraps around Newtown Creek, creating an urban oasis for New Yorkers.
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Visitors now have access to improved walkways that lead to breathtaking views throughout the park.
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New York-based artist Nobuho Nagasawa created Luminescence, an art installation in the park that presents the phases of the moon through 6-foot concrete discs that glow at night. The permanent sculptures are etched to reflect the moon's craters, mountains, and valleys.
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The park is a design collaboration between SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI, with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer. The project weaves together landscape, infrastructure, architecture, and art in a sustainable way to create a dreamlike escape for all who visit.
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A 30-foot-high platform offers the perfect vantage point to capture photos of the Manhattan skyline.
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"This new $100 million park and infrastructure project is a jewel in Parks system throughout the City," said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
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Wooden seating areas scattered throughout the property give park-goers comfortable spots to sit back and enjoy the view.
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The park also includes adult fitness equipment for anyone to use.
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The park is part of a multi-step plan intended to revitalize a long-underused area of Long Island City and create the largest affordable housing development in New York City since the 1970s.
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“Every New Yorker has the right to access world-class parks and public spaces," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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This development serves as an addition to the first phase of Hunter's Point South which opened back in August 2013 and features a central green, a playground, recreation spaces, and a waterside promenade with an elevated café plaza.
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