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Pier 57 project approved

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Pier 57 is really one of the last remaining massive, rugged steel piers along the Hudson River. But not for long. When you cruise along the river, Pier 57 does stand out with its marine and aviation sign, steel, and old wood pylons. It's a relic from the past.

Built in 1952, the pier has been used by the city's aviation units, Department of Sanitation, and more recently various private and public events.

Soon it will become a shopper's oasis, in a sense.

Madelyn Wils of the Hudson River Park Trust says port containers will be spread out in the massive indoor pier space. Young Woo and Associates has designed the $210 million Pier 57 project.

It will have a 2 acre rooftop park, the Tribeca Film Festival will have films there, along with other cultural events.

The historical aesthetic will also be kept intact, like the steel caissons the pier is built on, the massive steel facade that will be restored, and exhibits explaining the history of the pier.

The project is set to begin in the fall and be completed by 2015.

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