NYC Council Approves Redevelopment of Pier 57

13/04/2013 9:25 am

New York City Council has backed a development proposal to redevelop the ageing Pier 57. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003.

ArchDaily reports that the new plan is being spearheaded by developer Young Woo & Associates and architects LOT-EK. Under the new plan, the aging pier will be transformed to host a mix of commercial and cultural ventures. The proposal includes a sizable public market, a roof-top garden, which will hold a permanent outdoor venue for the TriBeCa Film Festival, and a series of ‘incuboxes’ – re-purposed shipping containers that will be used as pop-up shops and concept stores.

The location of the pier means that, when complete, it will form part of the Hudson River Park, a five-mile, 550-acre stretch of formerly decaying piers and parking lots, which have been redeveloped into the longest waterfront park in the US.