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December 11, 2013- The NYT is reporting, “Perhaps the most anticipated project, owing to its history and challenges, is Pier A Harbor House, a restaurant and event space opening next spring at the foot of West Street, in the financial district, in a major public-private deal….In a 25-year deal valued at $41 million, Mr. Poulakakos and Dermot will lease the space from the Battery Park City Authority, the state agency that is responsible for renovating the city-owned Pier A…..The development team is also spending $20 million to refurbish the interior, adding tufted leather banquettes, a 128-foot-long bar, and a stained-glass ceiling fixture adorned with a large “A,” according to renderings…..Much of the renovation is complete. Over the last five years, the authority repaired masonry pilings, added new plumbing and electrical systems and replaced a copper roof, as part of a $37 million project that included $30 million in city funds, said Gwen Dawson, the authority vice president overseeing construction…..Separately, Hurricane Sandy set back the project for several months, with about $4.3 million in damage resulting from five feet of water rushing through parts of the building. Wiring and walls had to be replaced, and the exterior doors are now a more water-impervious mahogany, instead of pine, Ms. Dawson said……Insurance covered most of the tab, she added.”
NY Post covers BatteryPark.TV story about the FEMA investigation into BPCA
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Pier A is shaping up to be an extension of the touristy Liberty Tours scene, with booze