Representatives of the Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects invited the media to join them on a New York Water Taxi to view the progress made at Pier 17 on Thursday afternoon.
Ground was broken on the redevelopment of the property last October, less than a year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the area. Adam Meister, Vice President of Development for the Howard Hughes Corp., expects this renovation to be a great addition to the community.
“It’s got great open space and it’s gonna have a great mix of retail, restaurants and cultural opportunities,” said Meister.
When the most recent version of the Pier first opened in the ’80s, it was a gallery event destination for tourists. HHC hopes that the newest version will attract visitors and New Yorkers alike to the place that provided the nation with its first great port in the 1600s.
Gregg Pasquarelli, a founding principal of SHoP Architects, loves that this renovation will get people of the city near the water again.“There aren’t many places where you can be this close to the water and have structure and parks,” said Pasquarelli. “Being able to bring that fabulous mixture of retail, restaurants and culture on to the waterfront would be amazing.”
The reconstruction of Pier 17 is currently on the third phase of the demolition process and is scheduled to reopen in 2016.
– Jordan Tidwell
– Photography by Gabrielle Rejouis