New Pier 17 to be Home to ESPN's 1st NYC Stu­dio

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Mark Sny­der

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.

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