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Pier 57 Update: Little Italy on the Hudson A-Go-Go!

In the conclusion of another exciting real estate deathmatch, the Cipriani Restaurant Group has outlasted Chelsea Piers, winning conditional approval from the Park Service to redevelop Pier 57 on the Hudson River (adjacent to West 15th Street) into its daring Renaissance vision, Leonardo (above). When Curbed first evaluated the chief contenders last May, we had this to say about the Cipriani plan: "For its unabashed willingness to inject commercialism into the site, and the potential to lure models from whatever new boîte Sacco opens nearby, this proposal is the clear winner." In celebration, after the jump, Curbed takes you on an illustrated tour of what's soon to be your new favorite place in Manhattan. Molto bene!

Here's the logo for the place, officially called Leonardo at Pier 57. The graphic design genius needed to conceptualize a merger of the Statue of Liberty with Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man