Real progress is being made on the redevelopment of the South Street Seaport. Façade installation is well underway on the new Pier 17 mall.
Developer Howard Hughes Corporation is redeveloping the historic area, referred to by some as New York City’s first world trade center. The project includes building the new Pier 17, relocating the Tin Building and reopening it with a Jean-Georges-run food hall, and renovating the Fulton Market Building.
These photos come from prolific construction chronicler (and YIMBY friend) Tectonic.
Other aspects of the Hughes project include the shelved plans for a 42-story residential building (once 52 stories) at the site of the New Market Building and for affordable housing on Schermerhorn Row, home to the South Street Seaport Museum and the remnants of some 19th century hotels.
As for the new Pier 17 mall, it is replacing the one that opened in August of 1983.
The design work for the new one is being led by SHoP Architects, which is also working on all of the other Hughes projects at the South Street Seaport.
When complete, it will essentially be two four-story buildings with their upper floors connected, allowing for tall open space in between them. Announced tenants include new restaurants from the Momofuku Group and Jean-Georges (on top of his food hall at the Tin Building).
On the roof will sit a large open green space that will likely be used for concerts, a restaurant and bar with both indoor and outdoor seating, and the mall’s mechanical equipment. There had been a proposal to put a canopy over the roof’s green space, but that was rejected when some design changes went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission in October of 2015.
Everyone visiting Pier 17 will be treated to amazing views, whether of the Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Heights, or of Manhattan from the roof.
Hughes hopes to open Pier 17 in 2017. You’ll surely be reading more about it on New York YIMBY.