The New York Times reports that restaurateur Peter Poulakakos, owner/operator of Harry’s CafÃ© and Steak and other Wall Street-area eateries, is the leading candidate to be granted a lease at the 125-year-old Pier A at the edge of Battery Park. The Battery Park City Authority are scheduled to vote on the matter today, amid what is perceived as a veil of secrecy by some locals.
Poulakakos said, â€œI would do several good things for Lower Manhattan.” He would not, however, elaborate on what his plans entail. The BPCA hopes that Poulakakos could help inject commercial activity into the area. The BPCA controls the pier, which had fallen into a state of decay and disrepair over the years.
Some locals feel that the pier should include a cultural institution to help attract the millions of tourists expected to visit the World Trade Center memorial once it opens. Another lease bidder, Joseph J. Grano, Jr., has proposed the development of an Italian-American museum at the location, but he has not been given any sort of go-ahead.
What is your opinion of a restaurateur being granted a lease at Pier A? Do you frequent the area?
4 thoughts on “Restauranteur Peter Poulakkos Up for Lease on Pier A”
they just did not want to give it to an italian…
The BPCA did a Great Job. That site should be a restaurant, the views are great, Am sure that it will be a good venue for a wedding reception. The Italians can have the Museum in little Italy if they want.
I honestly don’t care what it becomes but something needs to be moved into it. It is a shame that such a great location has been vacant as long as that has been. This is just yet another fine example of why government entities should own as little property as possible.
Hi. Thanks for sharing this information.Some locals feel that the pier should include a cultural institution to help attract the millions of tourists expected to visit the World Trade Center memorial once it opens.
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