Fu­tur­is­tic NY pier project pits bil­lion­aire vs bil­lion­aire

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Acrum­bling old New York City pier is at the cen­ter of an ur­ban re­newal ef­fort that's turned into a bat­tle be­tween bil­lion­aires. Me­dia mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fash­ion maven Diane von Fursten­berg, have pledged to trans­form the pier on the Hud­son River into a $250 mil­lion fu­tur­is­tic park and en­ter­tain­ment space. One ma­jor op­po­nent of the plan is real es­tate de­vel­oper Dou­glas Durst.

He has joined forces with fel­low en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists who ar­gue that the avant-garde struc­ture will dis­rupt the river's wildlife. At­tor­ney Richard Emery, who rep­re­sents the op­po­nents, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that a meet­ing is planned for Mon­day to try to reach a set­tle­ment and avert a law­suit against the project. The Hud­son River Park Trust plans to pro­ceed with work in mid-Au­gust. — AP

This un­dated artist ren­der­ing pro­vided by Pier55 Inc/Heather­wick Stu­dio, shows the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of Pier 55 in New York City. — AP pho­tos

In this file photo, fash­ion de­signer Diane von Fursten­berg, left, and her hus­band, me­dia mogul Barry Diller, at­tend the The Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art Film Ben­e­fit 2014, in New York.

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