Hughes firm cuts canopy from Pier 17 plan at South Street Seaport

Howard Hughes Corp. has nixed its controversial canopy

Howard Hughes Corp. is not proceeding with this plan to build a rooftop canopy on this structure to be built on Pier 17.

Howard Hughes Corp. is not proceeding with this plan to build a rooftop canopy on this structure to be built on Pier 17.

for its Pier 17’s rooftop in the South Street Seaport.

Last month the Landmarks Preservation Commission questioned the height of the canopy when Hughes went before it with its plan. On Thursday, Sept. 24, Chris Curry, the Hughes executive in charge of the project, told Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee that there would not be a canopy as they were unable to meet the L.P.C.’s specifications.

“We made a number of changes to the canopy proposal per L.P.C.’s request but ultimately could not achieve a viable scenario to gain approval for the canopy,” Curry said in an email statement Friday.

Reps for the company would not answer questions about what specifically could not be met, if an alternative will be proposed or whether this will affect how the space is used. The canopy was to protect the rooftop in inclement weather.

Initially embraced by the community — the canopy was a suggestion of the Seaport Working Group — there were concerns over how it be used and how much access the public would have. C.B. 1 voted against the canopy at its full board meeting in July.

The new Pier 17 design was approved two years ago and Hughes is applying for revisions under a new land use application known as ULURP. Even though the Pier 17 changes are not proceeding, Hughes will still need a new ULURP since it is also proposing to demolish two non-historic buildings and build a new road way for delivery trucks.

– DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC and JOSH ROGERS

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6 Responses to Hughes firm cuts canopy from Pier 17 plan at South Street Seaport

  1. A pure example of the "community" shooting itself in the foot for spite. Anyone who actually lives in the area surely wants the covering so that we can use it in inclement weather such as today. But alas, the silent majority is just not loud enough to drown out those fear mongering conservatives.
    This is, of course, all about the tower. I hope the true community at large doesn't continue to let the crazies thwart every single improvement that this neighborhood really needs in order to stop the tower. It's just plain stupid. Just take a look a look at that sorry east side waterfront. We will look back at this one day and say, "why the heck didn't we put that world class cover on that pavilion"? If you don't like the tower fine but don't mess up other projects just because your view may be blocked.
    Howard Hughes needs to go back to the locker room, get some help from the northern neighbors, re-strategize and get some balls. And yes, I live here.

  2. Anyone who went to the Landmarks Meeting at which this was discussed can see why the canopy was ultimately nixed. It blocked the view corridor, but the real reason was the possibility of concerts for up to 4000 people with noise that would not only carry all over the neighborhood but across to Brooklyn. At least that was what I came away with. I think the right decision was made. I think HHC has enough balls and will probably re-strategize no matter what….

  3. I was at that landmark meeting as I am at all. So you think the real reason is that they will have concerts for up to 4,000 people with noise that may carry across to Brooklyn (BTW, have you seen that world class waterfront)?

    You do realize that the space is still the same and they will still have events which accommodate the same amount of people or more. They will just use ugly tents if it rains which will actually block the view instead of the transparent canopy that was proposed. So what was the reason?
    The only people who lose in this are residents like me who envisioned my young daughter playing soccer on that space even in the event of weather like today. 99% of the time, use will be for residents. And we certainly won't have the funds for giant tents.
    You were bamboozled cuz the concerts are still coming. But my kids soccer game was just canceled.

  4. downtown families

    I completely agree with DenB – it is sad really – that CB1 and Landmarks gang keep trying to keep this project from moving forward. It is really the children and young families who suffer as a result of the board stubbornness. I hope HHC keeps trying because the silent majority is really not being well served here. The rooftop canopy is a fantastic idea as well as so many other of the new development ideas. I simply do not understand what the preservationists are trying to preserve – rat infested buildings and tourist traps i guess. I hope that someone has the vision to make this area great because it has so much potential. Sad that some people (south bridge tower residents) just worry about their view of the Brooklyn bridge instead of this much needed and completely appropriate development design for our future. The area is changing for better – now get with it. Please.

  5. I think the right decision was made

  6. Anyone who actually lives in the area surely wants the covering so that we can use it in inclement weather such as today

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