This is our end-of-the-month recap of recent NYC news you might have missed during the last few weeks. Top of our list is real estate news, about Pepsi-Cola, architect Zaha Hadid, Eataly and the mega-pier on the Hudson River.
Let’s start with Eataly, opening any day now in the World Trade Center shopping complex, with a juice bar, take-out food, a sit-down restaurant, and aisles of Italian groceries. The new location will be open 7AM to 11PM, to feed hungry office workers on either end of their commute, and during the day, along with the zillions of tourists to the World Trade Center Memorial and the National September 11 Museum. There’s no word on whether it will include it’s famous and popular Nutella Bar, but it wouldn’t dare not include it. The new downtown Eataly is on the third floor of 4 World Trade Center, now nearing completion. (NY Times)
Pepsi-Cola sign in Queens gets landmarked – The City Council has landmarked the neon Pepsi-Cola sign in Gantry Plaza State Park on the Long Island City waterfront. The 76-year-old sign marked a Pepsi bottling plant nearby until it closed down in 2001, and eventually moved to the park. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has called the sign an “irreplaceable piece of the urban landscape.” [Crain’s New York Business]
Construction is legally allowed to resume on the $130 million park on the Hudson River on the border of the Meatpacking Disctrict and Chelsea, that’s being substantially funded by Barry Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenberg. Construction of the new mega-pier has been blocked by a lawsuit by the City Club of New York, which lost its appeal earlier in July, over performances that would be held in its ampitheater. Plans for the new pier being built off Hudson River Park, between the dilapidated Piers 54 and 56, include a park with undulating hills, a food court and that disputed ampitheater. (DNAInfo)
photos courtesy Aljezeera, Heathwick Studios, Eataly