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Pier 57 Renamed 'SuperPier,' Will Have Rock-Climbing Wall

By Mathew Katz | September 4, 2013 12:48pm
  Brooklyn Boulders will open up in the basement of the pier
Pier 57 Renamed SuperPier
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CHELSEA — The soon-to-be-redeveloped Pier 57 got a spiffy new moniker and some high-profile tenants.

The Hudson River Park pier, between West 16th and West 17th streets, will henceforth be known as SuperPier, and it will feature a rock-climbing wall, an Opening Ceremony boutique and an Andre Balazs-run spa and beach club, the developer announced.

Formerly an MTA bus garage, the 560,000-square-foot pier will soon receive a $200 million overhaul by Youngwoo & Associates, with the goal of becoming a cash generator for the beleaguered park.

The developer drew the new SuperPier name from a 1952 article in Popular Mechanics about Pier 57's construction, The New York Times reported.

SuperPier will have a grass-covered green roof and retail spaces built into old shipping containers when it opens in 2015.

Rock-climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders will open a new outpost in the pier's basement and possibly an ice-climbing wall outside, the Times reported.

While construction is set to begin in October, three restaurants, including Van Leeuwen Ice Creamset up shop at the pier over the summer.