New Pier 17 to be Home to ESPN's 1st NYC Studio
At the new South Street Seaport's Pier 17, next spring, the television network sports giant ESPN will open its first studio in New York City. This is the most recent progress for the Howard Hughes Corporation's $731 million waterfront redevelopment on the East River.
The just signed multiyear lease for the third floor on the new pier is with ESPN's studio partner NEP Group. The space will span 19,00-square-feet along the building's eastern end, providing jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.
The Post was told by David R. Weinreb, the Chief Executive of Howard Hughes, “This is completely down the fairway of what we intended for the property. We've always talked about studios coming live from the Seaport.”
In a statement, ESPN executive VP for content Connor Schell described it as a “state ofthe-art content factory that will allow us to produce differentiated studio content for both television and digital.” The ESPN programs that will be broadcasted from the new peir site have not yet been revealed.
Previously, the Disney-owned ESPN has broadcasted the majority of its shows from Bristol, Conneticut, though the company does have offices in Manhattan.
The new facility at the pier will have two studios for television and one for radio, making a total of three separate studios. Although the spaces will be closed in, ESPN will be able to “activate spaces throughout the Seaport, including on the roof,” said Hughes Executive Vice President Saul Scherl.
According to The Post, “The studio complex is expected to open next March or April. It will be the pier's first tenant to open its doors, part of a piece-bypiece rollout of elements including restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Chang on the first floor and mezzanine and the multiuse roof. All are expected to open next summer. Passersby might have wondered why the entire nearly-finished pier, which has been dark until now, suddenly glowed bright red Monday night. It was ‘in honor of ESPN and to showcase the building's light band,' Scherl said, although the display was expected to be for one night only.
Including the ESPN studio, Pier 17 contains approximately 150,000 square feet of “rentable” office space. Mary Ann Tighe of CBRE has been hired by Hughes to market the space.
Tighe said, “In one of the city's most historic districts, full of real cobblestone character, there is now a small amount of 21st century office space on offer. There's nothing else like it in Manhattan, so I'm not surprised that ESPN decided to make it their New York studio center.”
In honor of ESPN, Pier 17 lit up red lights last week.