Remember when we brought you the news that Anthony Bourdain and his business partner Stephen Werther were building a massive food hall at Pier 57?
If you don't remember, let us catch you up: The food hall, titled Bourdain Market, will be massive and bursting with deliciousness.
It'll be located on the corner of West 15th Street and the Hudson River, featuring such delicacies as a farmers market, an oyster bar, a bakery, a rooftop beer garden, tapas bar, and much, much more.
However, the whole plan was always contingent upon Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval which, we're happy to report, he's recently provided.
Cuomo's approval was quite enthusiastic, in fact.
"Pier 57 is an iconic part of New York's history, and I am proud the state is playing a central role in this exciting project to enrich New York's waterfront," said Cuomo in a statement.
We've also got some other hot information.
DNAinfo reported that in addition to Bourdain's market, the $350 million project will also include Google offices, an 80,000-square-foot rooftop public park, a rooftop restaurant area, and an outdoor venue that will be the new home to the Tribeca Film Festival.
There will also be outdoor public walkways lining the 900-foot-long structure, all of which will breathe new life into Pier 57, a pier that's been neglected and abandoned since 2003.
Developers have signed a 97-year ground lease with the Hudson River Park Trust, and construction is set to begin in the spring.
So now, the Manhattan Borough President's office, City Council, and City Planning Commission have given the project preliminary approval.
Soon, the public will have the chance to weigh in on the decision, during the Hudson River Park Trust's public hearing. There will also be a 60-day public comment period so the Trust can gather community input. They plan to vote on the lease in March.
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"This action will bring jobs and new investment to the region while also creating a world-class venue for commerce and culture, and I look forward to seeing the work get underway," Cuomo said.
So yeah, it'd be fair to say we're with Cuomo on this one, but maybe we're hyped on the project for different reasons.
We definitely don't hate the idea of drinking on a rooftop beer garden at Pier 57, nor do we hate the idea of munching on some delicious tapas while we're at it. But yeah, new jobs and investment are cool, too. It'd be fair to say we're stoked about the whole plan.
As of now, the whole project is slated to be finished in 2018. If you ask us, the future looks pretty bright.[via DNAinfo] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]