The last squeak we heard out of Youngwoo & Associates about the development of Chelsea's Pier 57 was back in 2009, when it looked as if New York was getting its own underwater adventure. While earlier Cipriani visions of the Hudson waterfront pier included a restaurantstravaganza called 'Leonardo,' the '09 plan included green space, canoe docks, a Tribeca Film Festival venue and "Underwater Discovery Center" courtesy of shipping-container-happy architecture firm LOT-EK. And happily, some of those features are still kicking around.
In a lengthy environmental impact statement released by Hudson River Park Trust and up for public review until July 29, five city entities are behind the shiny new Pier 57 with a two-floor public marketplace, a two-acre rooftop open space and a 115-slip marina. Now, it needs to pass muster with various community boards (many are concerned about vehicle, pedestrian, and bike traffic to and from the marina).
As for the timeline, the 1952 pier, vacant since 2004, has an optimistic completion date of 2015.
· Pier 57 Takes Next Step in Massive Redevelopment Project[DNAInfo]
· Pier 57: Chelsea's New Underwater Adventure Unveiled! [Curbed]