Circle Tours

Pier A

September 23, 2014

Conservancy members were invited to tour historic Pier A, led by Danny McDonald of HPH(nyc) who is overseeing the conversion of the pier into a restaurant and visitors center to be run by the same company that owns Harry’s and many other restaurants nearby. The new Pier A Harbor House restaurant is scheduled to open by the end of the year or early 2015.

Pier A was a bastion of New York’s bustling 19th century harbor. The former fireboat station was built in 1886 and was in service until the departure of the FDNY Marine Division in 1970. Unoccupied, Pier A became an eyesore that frustrated developers and residents, who saw the underutilized potential of this picturesque waterfront resource.

In June 1975 the Conservancy secured local landmark designation and listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This outstanding example of Victorian architecture and innovative engineering has now been completely redeveloped and is ready for its new 21st century use.

This comprehensive restoration has stabilized the building’s internal structure, rehabilitated its exterior envelope, and installed all new systems. Historical elements, including wood stair railings, iron structural brackets, doors and door hardware, and ornamental metal sheeting were salvaged for re-use, as were materials left from a failed restoration campaign in the 1990s. Pier A’s spaces have been modernized throughout with improved egress that allows for public assembly on all levels, respecting the original interior wall layouts.

The project has benefits beyond the building itself: More than 200 jobs will be added to the City, it has created better pedestrian access to the water, established a sense of place connecting adjacent parkland, and maximized potential of the southern end of Battery Park City. The stunning result will return this unusual building to active use, engaging New Yorkers and tourists along the Hudson shore.

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Project List

Battery Park City Authority
Gwen Dawson, Shari Hyman

New York City Economic Development Corporation

HPH – Owners: Harry Poulakakos, Peter Poulakakos, Paul Lamas
HPH – Pier A, Harbor House – Director of Operations – Maggie O’Malley

ACS System Associates – Ray Padron

AKFMichael Sammut

ASHNU International – Nayan Parikh

Building Conservation Associates, Inc. – Dean Koga

Carter Ledyard – Christine Fazio

CH2M Hill – Kirk Riden Crana

Electric – Jay McKel

D’Onofrio General Contractors – Shea Thorvaldsen

Design Constructs – Doug McKean

Robert Donohue

DSM Engineering Associates PC – James Armstrong

Envar Services – Sidney Johnson

Enviroscience Consultants – Glen Neuschwender

GB Geotechnics – Alan White

Genesys Engineering – Steve Joern

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Camille Cazon, John Fontillas, James Sines, Iva Zoretic

HDRKevin Keane

Jacobs Civil Consultants – Toby Kizner

KM Associates – Joe Ganci

KS Engineers P.C. – Harry Baker

Langan Engineering – Timothy M. Lavin

LiRo Program & Construction Management, P.C.
Chris Carter, Frank Franco, Jaio H. Maraj

McLaren Engineering Group – William J. McCarthy III

MFM Contracting Corporation – Seth Cantor

Olympic Plumbing & Heating Services- Al Rocco

Ove Arup & Partners – Cliff McMillan

Stalco Construction – Joe Serpe

Van Deusen & Associates – Hesham Halim

Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC – Geoff Hurst

Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Michael Astrella, Tod Rittenhouse

William Vitacco Associates LTD – Levi Reznicek

WJE Engineers & Architects – Matthew Haberling

Wood Advisory Services – Albert Debonis