ULI New York Awards

We are thrilled to share that Industry City, Waterline Square, the National Veteran’s Resource Center, and The Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus at The Rockefeller University are finalists in several categories in the ULI New York Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that enhance the sustainability, viability, and vitality of their communities - which directly echo several of our firm's core values. MNLA is proud to have collaborated with each project team, providing landscape architecture services. Learn more:

June 9, 2021

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Little Island Opens to the Public – Unlocking Over Two Acres of Public Park and Performance Space Above the Hudson River

Little Island, the new 2.4-acre urban park and performance venue situated above the Hudson River in New York City officially opens to the public today. Owned by the Hudson River Park and designed by Heatherwick Studio and the New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, the opening of Little Island is the culmination of over 8 years of planning, development and construction.


MNLA collaborated with Heatherwick Studio to realize the park, its circulation system, and to design performance spaces including an open plaza for recreational and educational programs, as well as leading the design of the comprehensive landscape. Using the team’s 3D model, we were able to effectively determine the layers of gravel, geofoam and soils that make up the surficial topography.


“Little Island is a special place that affords New Yorkers the rare opportunity to experience a multi-sensory landscape. As one strolls through the park many destinations beckon—overlooks with unparalleled views, cultural venues with continually changing offerings, sloping lawns for picnics, and seating nooks with contemplative sights. Each of these is engulfed by a unique landscape that transitions from a rich diversity of colors and textures to open grasslands as one ascends the three hills. My hope is that visitors are surprised and delighted each time they come. This has been an amazing journey that could not have been realized without the entire design team’s extraordinary collaboration, and I especially appreciate the dedication of our firm’s Senior Associate Dan Yannaccone.”

-Signe Nielsen, MNLA Founding Principal


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