I’ve biked by Pier A, which is located on the Hudson River between Battery Park and Battery Park City, many times and always wondered when they would finish renovating this historic site.
I have my answer. Battery Park City recently entered into a lease agreement with the Poulakakos Family, which operates a number of restaurants in Downtown Manhattan. Pier A will soon feature an oyster bar, a visitor center, a promenade around the pier and an upscale restaurant on the second floor.
Here’s a picture I took earlier this year of Pier A from a New York Waterway ferry boat (click for larger image):
Pier A was built in 1886 for the Department of Docks and Ferries as well as for the Harbor Police. The clock tower, added in 1919, was the first World War I memorial. During my walking tour of Downtown Manhattan starting this coming Saturday, I will share the history of Pier A and explain how the clock, which rings ship’s time, operated.