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Andre Balazs may have hit a bump with his planned hotel for the TWA terminal at JFK but he's already got another project lined up--The Riverfront Spa and Beach Club, a new hospitality concept which will debut at the SuperPier complex at West 15th Street in Hudson River Park.
Developer Youngwoo & Associates got final approval from the city this past April to restore and redevelop Pier 57, which was originally constructed in 1957 but has been abandoned since 2003. They are now working on turning the space into a mixed retail spot featuring new and upcoming talent.
Balazs himself gave more details on the spa today to NY Times, saying they are going in the same direction as the Standard Miami spa. The spa and beach club (there will also be a restaurant too) will not be under the Standard brand and sadly, there is no hotel component. But we're quite excited to see Balazs try his hand at doing just a spa.
Aside from Balazs' hotel, SuperPier will also be anchored by a food bazaar; Opening Ceremony the ultra- hip clothing store which will actually feature "Incuboxes”, repurposed shipping containers retrofitted and designed for concept shops; as well as Brooklyn Boulders, a rock-climbing facility.
The SuperPier should open in 2015.
[Rendering: Credit: Pandiscio Co. / QuickHoney ]
We got all Diane Lane “Under the Tuscan Sun” as we pulled up the windy hill to Hotel Villa Caletas in Herraduras, Costa Rica. We’re a sucker for sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific (especially from cliff side vantage points) and all the pomp and circumstance en route led us to believe we were in for something really special. As in five star special – the elite status this misguided member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica fancies itself to have. Reality check: three stars is more like it.
We must’ve suffered a bad case of beer goggles, because as soon as we starting paying close attention to our surroundings, it wasn’t all that pretty.