Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport was intended to be a "festival marketplace" when it was built in the 1980s, but quickly degenerated into a tourist trap mall full of novelty shops. A new plans call for the red shed in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge to be replaced with a glass and steel structure that is more open?exchanging the souvenir shops for high-end stores and restaurants enclosed in individual glass structures connected by open-air walkways. Seaport developers Howard Hughes Corp. presented its plans to Community Board 1 this week and said that it would like to begin construction on the project next year, with a scheduled completion in 2015, according to DNAinfo. One of the more interesting features of Hughes' redesign of Pier 17 is the rooftop garden/concert space that could accomodate 2,000 people in its open-air configuration. It might lack some of the anarchic, traffic stopping ambience of previous live shows at the Seaport, but the views would be incredible.
Howard Hughes is working with retail manager Crown Retail Services to find new tenants for the seaport, once Pier 17 has been done over stem to stern, according to the Post. Crown owns and/or manages approximately 10 million square feet of retail space in the US, more than half of it in New York City. One of its high-profile deals was to reshuffle the tenants at 666 Fifth Avenue to move out existing tenants and bring in retailers like Zara, Uniqlo, Swatch and Hollister.
· South Street Seaport's Pier 17 to be Gutted Under New Plan [DNAinfo]
· Pier presence [NYP]
·666 Fifth Avenue coverage [RackedNY]
· Pier 17 coverage [CurbedNY]