In the News: Pier 26 Meeting Recap

100 Barclay retail arcade••• Real-estate developer Ben Shaoul had this to say about the retail storefronts at 100 Barclay: “We’re working feverishly on our retail. We’re speaking to several high-end apparel companies. I can’t say who.” —New York Times

••• A recap of the Pier 26 public-input meeting. —Tribeca Trib

••• “Ritz-Carlton Residents in Battery Park City Fear End to ‘Unique’ Hotel Life.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “More Design Changes and Delays for Turf Conversion of West Thames Field, as CB1 Cites Lack of Community Input.” —Broadsheet

••• A New York Post article about retail real estate includes this terrifying quote from Gene Spiegelman of Cushman & Wakefield: “The Seaport has the potential for Big Boxes and can cater to different tenant categories.” (You can’t have big box stores without big truck traffic.)

••• Community Board 1 posted this update from Brookfield Place on its Facebook page:

Brookfield is currently anticipating completing the roof and curtain wall system of the Liberty Street Bridge at the end of this month. At that point, we will no long require the scaffolding system that is currently in place and the remaining work will be conducted from below the bridge or within the bridge itself, installing the interior finishes. Scaffolding will be removed over a three-week period beginning Monday 11/2 and going through Friday 11/20. The work will involve partial lane closures at night. Once we have more details regarding specific lane closures and times we will be back to you shortly.

••• “A man and woman staying at [the Club Quarters Hotel] at 140 Washington] stole three other guests’ bags, filled with $7,005 worth of belongings, police said.” —DNAinfo

••• “The LPC approved the Howard Hughes Corporation plan for Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, which includes demolition of the Link Building. […] Another change from August is the access road, which essentially is an extension of Fulton Street and then wraps around in front of Pier 17. At that time, it was proposed to be asphalt. Now it will be precast concrete pavers.” (Two renderings at bottom.) —YIMBY

Pier 17 rendering approved by LPCFulton Plaza Seaport District renderingFulton Plaza Seaport District rendering2



  1. It seems like the turf conversion could have been done in 2 weeks for $30K tops. Rip out the grass, lay down some base layer and then the turf. Instead we have feckless bureaucrats managing a process that involves a “new design” of the whole area, not to mention some preferential bid rigging someone came up with. Are they so bored and is there really so much money that they just sit around and concoct inane things to do all day?

    I wanted to have more sympathy for the Ritz Carlton residents.