SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — A Parks Department storage space underneath the FDR is getting a tasteful overhaul.
The storage shed, which sits right across from the East River below the highway at John and Water streets, is being transformed into a snack bar, said Alexander Han, the deputy director of concessions for the Park Department at a recent Community Board 1 meeting.
Revenue from the food kiosk, which would also likely serve beer and wine, would be used to pay a full-time playground leader at nearby Imagination Playground. That's good news for local parents who have complained through the years that the frequently broken playground and water park needs better upkeep.
The overhaul will also come with about 20 outdoor tables — though the snack bar could run year-round.
Community board members urged Han to choose a vendor that might bring some local flavor, rather than the regular concession stand fare, something Han said he would take into consideration.
"We'd like to see something outside of the usual hamburgers and hotdogs," said CB1 member Keith Markel "Maybe food that has some connection to the Seaport."
Han said the Parks Department will issue a request for proposals for a snack bar operator in April, and plan to plan to have made its vendor choice by the summer.