Efforts to thwart the development of the Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg-funded Pier 55 have been squashed once and for all. The New York State Court of Appeals has denied a motion for leave, put forth by the City Club of New York, ending the lawsuit that insisted on the project’s halt until a full Environmental Impact Statement was completed.
"We're pleased to see this ill-conceived lawsuit thrown out once and for all. We're continuing with construction and Hudson River Park looks forward to welcoming visitors to what will be one of the city's most spectacular new public spaces," Hudson River Park Trust President & CEO Madelyn Wils said in a statement.
This ruling follows the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court dismissal that happened in September, where the court ruled against City Club. This could potentially be the final blow for City Club, as the Court of Appeals was one of the group’s final avenues for delaying the Thomas Heatherwick-designed project. "We will be pursuing the cases that are still pending and otherwise assessing what the alternatives are," City Club president Michael Gruen told Curbed.
But even with this decision, two lawsuits challenging the project’s permits, issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are still in the pipeline.