One of the things that makes New York City so iconic, so identifiable, is its rich cultural history and visually stunning facets that fit together like a cultural jigsaw puzzle. There’s the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and the abandoned, but unforgotten, Pier A.
Pier A is the oldest surviving pier in NYC, and a living, visual testament to the history of this iconic metropolis. Though the pier has been all but unoccupied in recent history, and with restoration projects hindered further by Hurricane Sandy, news is spreading of its impending contemporary transformation.
Happily, the iconic Pier A has been promised vital funds as part of its restoration; the more the city recognizes the need to improve and restore its iconic landmarks, the more excited prominent organizations get about chipping in. According to the Long Island Exchange, “On December 5, 2013, The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation announced the recipients of the 2013 New York State Historic Preservation Awards. Established in 1980, the […] awards are given each year to honor excellence in the protection and rejuvenation of New York’s historical and cultural resources.” This year, Pier A and the Battery Park City Authority are being honored for their commitment to restoring the old, while paying new mind to contemporary features.
The Battery Park City Authority is led by the likes of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Carl Mattone, a prominent local real estate developer, whose efforts to improve Pier A are rejuvenating the community. According to Curbed, “the 127-year-old landmark is en route to its future incarnation as a dining and recreation hub.” Reportedly, Pier A will have a pedestrian plaza, outdoor seating, and a three-story building with an oyster bar, fine dining restaurants, and a historical center. Soon, Pier A will be restored to its original splendor, and I cannot wait to spend time there when that day comes!