Just north of Little Island is historic Pier 57, a building originally constructed for passenger ships, that is being adapted as a mixed use, revenue-generating pier. The completed project will serve as offices for Google, the project’s anchor tenant, as well as cultural, recreational and public market activities. The work is being undertaken by a private developer, RXR/Youngwoo & Associates, and includes a high-quality historic restoration that meets exacting federal Department of the Interior Standards for design and materials.
As part of the project, the developers are responsible for funding and maintaining over three acres of new public open space both along the water’s edge and on the roof. In addition, the Pier 57 developer is obligated to provide a large ground floor interior public open space on the south side of the ground floor. Currently referred to as the “Living Room,” this space will be an all-season public amenity where people can enjoy views of the Hudson River.
The Pier 57 developer and the Trust are also working on plans for an indoor environmental education space also to be located prominently on the ground floor, to be operated by the Trust as part of its environmental programming initiatives. Subject to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Trust expects the first portion of the ground floor consisting of a music and restaurant venue to be operated by City Winery, to open later in 2020.
City Winery at Pier 57 will include performance venues a public restaurant and tasting room, and its signature wine production facility — all overlooking the river.