LOWER MANHATTAN — Four massive waterfront hills — a total of more than 10 acres of parkland — are finally ready for their public debut on Governors Island.
The long-anticipated "Hills," a series of man-made, grassy peaks that offer sweeping views of the New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan, will open to the public on July 19.
But before the launch, take a look at this incredible bird's eye view of the rolling green hills:
The grassy hills, made from recycled construction and fill materials, will rise between 25 and 80 feet above sea level, creating scenic new spots to picnic, ride bikes and swish down several giant slides — including one 57 foot-long slide, said to be the largest in New York City.
"We wanted people to experience the views of the harbor, the sea and the sky," says Leslie Koch, the longtime, and now outgoing, president of The Trust for Governors Island, in the video. "And its really that sense of openness which the park and The Hills capture and is also embodied in really the spirit of how people use Governors Island."