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Pier 40 Update: Circus Freaks or, Like, Soccer

The Hudson River Park Trust's deadline to submit redevelopment plans for Pier 40 (at Houston Street) has passed, and the Villager is reporting that four proposals were tossed into the ring. Two of them are a mystery, one involves building some more sports fields and pools and other crap, and the fourth, well, Lincoln Anderson said it best:

Not too long ago, when people spoke about swingers on the Lower West Side waterfront, they were probably referring to the gay cruising scene on the crumbling former shipping piers. But a new proposal to redevelop Pier 40 at Houston St., if successful, would bring a new kind of swinger to the waterfront — namely tights-clad trapeze artists with Cirque du Soleil, speaking a strange gibberish called Cirquish, no less.While you ponder the difference between those two things, we'll refresh your memory that Ciruqe du Soleil has been down this road before. This time around they've got the Related Companies in their corner once again, and there doesn't seem to be luxury condos involved, so who knows? Cirquish classes start today!
· Cirque Soleil tries to swing theater deal for Pier 40 [The Villager]
· Pier 40 [Friends of Hudson River Park]
· New Development Amenity Update: Cirque Du Soleil [Curbed]