The revamped South Street Seaport is all but a done deal at this point, but a big question mark still remained over the Tin Building and the New Market Building, two historic structures that were recently deemed in such bad shape that they may need to be demolished sooner rather than later. Back in December, we reported that Howard Hughes Corporation had revealed plans for the Tin Building that included "a food hall on the ground level and room for a multi-level cultural space above that," and the New York Post has revealed who will spearhead that project: mega-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
According to the Post, Vongerichten will be working on not one, but two massive projects at the Seaport: a 40,000-square-foot seafood-themed food hall and fish market, and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant on Pier 17, with both expected to launch sometime in 2017. "I am honored to be part of the catalytic transformation," Vongerichten told the Post.
It seems as though NYC's megaprojects can't launch without a food hall attached these days: Hudson Eats and Le District both opened within Brookfield Place, just across from the World Trade Center, last year; a Danny Meyer food hall is rumored for Hudson Yards once that massive project is closer to its realization; and Anthony Bourdain is planning his own market in a 100,000-square-foot space at Pier 57, a.k.a. the SuperPier. Phew.
· South Street Seaport hooks top chef ahead of transformation [NYP]
· Jean-Georges to Open New Casual Restaurant & Fish Market at South Street Seaport [Eater NY]
· City Says Historic Seaport Buildings in Danger of Collapsing [Curbed]
· Seaport Historic District Changes Met With Mixed Feelings [Curbed]
· All South Street Seaport Coverage [Curbed]