Useful update from the New York Observer about the continued controversey surrounding the EDC’s plans for the Red Hook piers.
At issue is the city Economic Development Corporation’s plan to lease the majority of Pier 11 to the beer distributor Phoenix Beverage, which is also leasing Piers 7 through 10 in a separate deal. That deal allows Phoenix to relocate from its current home in Long Island City.
But residents like Mr. Armstrong had hoped the city would endorse an alternative plan floated by Tom Fox, president of New York Water Taxi. Mr. Fox’s plan calls for a $100 million dollar Brooklyn Maritime Center, complete with full-service shipyard, marina, docks and a restaurant to be built at Piers 11 and 12, which together form a protected pool known as the Atlantic Basin.
I couldn’t resist.
It appears that pretty soon the Waterfront Museum won’t be the only boat making a home in the water behind Fairway (don’t worry, Sharps, your boat still has about 40 years on the new kid). From GreenBeat Brooklyn:
From July 30 to Aug. 2, the Clearwater (a 108-foot wooden replica of an 18th- and 19th-century traditional cargo vessel) will be docked near the Fairway Cafe in Red Hook, said Captain Heyman. Normally, the ship’s stay at any given dock would be two to five days, but in this case, “there is the possibility that it could be extended,” she said.
This particular dock is owned by Tom Fox, the president of New York Water Taxi. Heyman is grateful to him, as well as property owner Greg O’Connell, for their generous support.
She explained that the Brooklyn location for the Clearwater is ideal for many reasons. It has “the best fishing in the Hudson River estuary,” and is wide open enough for the wake from other boats “not to get too vicious.”
It seems that Pier 11 is remaining unoccupied for the time being.
Gary Buiso at YourNabe reports that the LI-based beer distributor on its way to Red Hook will be moving into Pier 7, instead.
It’s still early in the whole process, but this looks like a check in the prudence column.
Much more to come, for sure, including, perhaps, a revival of Tom Fox’s grander plans for Pier 11.
In the meantime, what would you want to see done with Pier 11? Man-made beaches? Public space? Leave a comment.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that the move will, in fact, be to both piers.