All the pieces of the Bourdain Market puzzle are falling into place. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently gave a stamp of approval to the redevelopment plan for Pier 57 — that's the massive project that will house Anthony Bourdain's food hall. In a statement, Cuomo notes: "I am proud the state is playing a central role in this exciting project to enrich New York’s waterfront....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."
The Manhattan Borough President's office, City Council, and City Planning Commission have also given the project preliminary approval. Curbed notes that the public will soon get a chance to weigh in on the redevelopment project when the Hudson River Park Trust holds a public hearing. In addition to the massive food hall, Pier 57 will also have a new Google office and an 80,000 square-foot rooftop park. Work is expected to begin early next year, and the pier will hopefully be finished by 2018.
Bourdain Market will include over 100 vendors from around the globe, in a space that will be designed by Roman and Williams. So far, Bourdain's camp has confirmed that the proprietors of Singapore's Geylang Claypot Rice will have a stall at the market, as well as Sabina Bandera, the operator of the La Guerrerense tostada cart in Ensenada, Mexico. Bourdain and his crew are also working with the Street Vendor Project to invite some local food purveyors to set up shop in the market. Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield will operate two of the stalls, and the team from Australia's famed Victor Churchill butcher shop will have a presence there as well.
Curbed NY recently got a peek at renderings of the space. Is this what Bourdain Market will look like? Perhaps: