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The new Hudson Eats, the large dining section hidden inside construction of Brookfield Place, with no signage, and not even officially opened yet, is drawing large crowds. Most of the owners of the restaurants have been on site overseeing operations. Many of them have expressed the same thought, which is that they are shocked by the demand and traffic flow.
The big thought that struck me is how this large and open meeting space is the first ever community space for the 13,000 people of Battery Park City. I was looking around and spotted people I recognized. I thought to myself how I had never had such an experience before in BPC.
Ed Hogan, the man who selected the restaurants, did a fine job. I cannot spot one of them yet that seems to be of low quality or redundant. As a matter of fact, many of the restaurants meet an unmet demand.
For examples, Skinny Pizza seems to be the first edible pizza in BPC. Tartinery has the first fresh juice bar, and Blue Bottle coffee: both items BPC lacked. Blue Ribbon Sushi will be the first sushi place of any quality. Olive’s has the first properly baked chocolate chip cookie. Chop’t is the first clean and healthy salad shop with a kitchen that is not scary.
Prior to Hudson Eats, the closest thing BPC had to a public court was the dog sewer called South End Avenue, or the crappy shops in front of Gateway.
Things are a-changin.