The new plans for long-delayed Pier A are at last taking shape. At least, after being labeled "doomed" and suffering setbacks and massive cost increases, plus recovering from Sandy-inflicted damage, we've got some new renderings to go on. Hey, it's better than the big ol' super creepy abandoned bit of nothing jutting out into New York Harbor we've got now.
The landmarked 127-year-old pier will be shored up, stable, and ready for construction by June, according to DNAinfo. And then, $18 million and one more year later, it will be home to a pedestrian plaza, outdoor seating, and a three-story building with a casual oyster bar, a high-end restaurant, a catering hall, and a tourist information center.
The Poulakakos family, which runs several FiDi restaurants, is joining forces with a group of developers on the project. They were handed the reins by the Battery Park City Authority, and the coalition tapped Green Light Architecture for the new designs pictured above. In a Community Board 1 meeting last night, one of the Poulakakos' partners said that the Pier A eateries will join an endless number of sustainable brethren in offering local and regional food. A nice touch: even if you don't want to order oysters, or book a table at the more fancy second-floor restaurant, the ground level of the pier will be open to all, and there will be plenty of seating around the building.
Will this plan go the way of the museum of Italian-American history that was once proposed for this site... failed, forgotten, a flop? Let's hope not.
· Renderings Released for Long-Delayed Pier A, Now Opening In May 2014 [DNAinfo]
· Pier A in F Condition [Curbed]
· Pier A coverage [Curbed]