The redevelopment of the South Street Seaport—which is being rebranded as the Seaport District—from dated tourist trap to more modern public space (which, let’s be real, will likely remain a tourist trap) continues apace. It was just a year ago that the iPic movie theater debuted in the old Fulton Building, and perhaps the biggest component of the revamp—the transformation of Pier 17, helmed by SHoP—is well on its way to completion.
New photos by Field Condition show off the sleek new building, which topped out last May and now has much of its exterior cladding. The facade combines glass with corrugated metal, and will be capable of lighting up for special events when it’s completed.
Pier 17 just snagged a big-name client—this week, the Howard Hughes Corporation announced that ESPN will lease 19,000 square feet within the building, using it for studio space.
According to a press release, the location will allow ESPN to “create content within the studio, outside the facility on Pier 17 and its rooftop venue, and around the neighborhood’s historic cobblestone areas.” That lighting thing we mentioned? ESPN employed it on Monday night to celebrate the lease-signing news.
Both the ESPN space and the larger Pier 17 revamp are due to debut by the summer of 2018.
- Construction Update: Pier 17 [Field Condition]