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SuperPier Gearing Up for Renovation into NYC’s Premier Shipping Container Anti-Mall

by , 12/24/13
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Pier 57 hosted a slew of art installations and events this past summer, welcoming New Yorkers to explore the space before it begins its transformation into a modular container powerhouse filled with food and entertainment. The $200 million project will begin its total transformation starting this winter, with the 270,000-square-foot shipping container complex slated to open in time for summer of 2015. Many tenants have already signed up but the SuperPier is still looking to fill 20 more “superspaces,” and is on the hunt for innovators, entrepreneurs and creative projects by big brands.

According to SuperPier’s website, the venue will be home to a bathhouse, a sky park, a Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym, a beach club, a performance space, and of course, the Incubox market. The SuperPier also wants to decidedly define itself as NOT being a mall, although the rows of modular retail, restaurants and rooftop garden could loosely be defined as a forward-thinking mall-like setting.

Construction begins soon, and is already being hyped as the “most innovative experience in culture, entertainment, dining and retail in NYC” since the opening of  Rockefeller Center.

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1 Comment

  1. roughdesigns December 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Very nice. Really. However, I don\’t see stacks of cheap \”re-cycled\” as is shipping containers, I don\’t see any effort to accomodate / appeal to the middle class and working poor, any public amenity, or robust private shuttle bus to public transportation. I see highly modified shipping containers that after being made compliant with NYC Bldg codes, probably cost more than stick built construction. $3000 a month might be \”low\”, but hardly going to encourage anyone catering to middle class and working poor, and of course, with no free mass public use space (the deal worked out with DiNiros film festival was abandoned), and access primarily by car and cab, again, another piece of NYC turned into a luxury amenity. Also undercutting private developers nearby by offering big box stores very rare mega spaces by 50% and more.
    This was built and maintained for a half century with public money, mass use by ALL NY\’rs should have been given equal importance as luxury appeal before being granted to a developer to make millions from.