In the News: Massive food court for 28 Liberty

The New York Post reports that a 35,000-square-foot food court and entertainment venue will be coming to 28 Liberty, or One Chase Manhattan Plaza, run by Legends Hospitality, which also manages Yankee Stadium concessions and One World Trade Center Observatory. The building is already home to Manhatta, as well as some significant public art: both Noguchi’s Sunken Rock Garden built in 1961 as a fountain (it’s dry in the winter) and Jean DuBuffet’s Group of Four Trees installed in 1972. (That is also Noguchi’s red cube balancing on a corner in front of 123 Broadway.)

From the Post:
“The as-yet-unnamed venue, to be designed by famed architect Jeffrey Beers, will incorporate the property’s historic Noguchi rock garden.
The 60-story tower was the brainchild of David Rockefeller, who named his new bank headquarters One Chase Manhattan Plaza.
It was an International Style icon but offered little to outsiders other than its alfresco plaza. From the time it opened in 1961 until 9/11, the Wall Street area was home mainly to financial firms and only to a bare handful of lonely residents.
The skyscraper hit a milestone this month with completion of $150 million in capital upgrades. Most visible is the emergence of a 200,000-square-foot retail portion on the ground and three lower floors — previously home to a bank branch and a newsstand. (The hipped-up high-rise also has a huge Danny Meyer restaurant and event space, Manhatta, on its 60th floor).”

28 Liberty is also the home of the future Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, scheduled to open this year. And, this adds to the food hall explosion in the area, with Hudson Eats, Eataly, City Acres Market and LeDistrict within a couple blocks.