The Pier 17 Mall at the South Street Seaport still hasn't been able to reopen since Hurricane Sandy, and unfortunately for its vendors, that might not happen before the holiday shopping season concludes. The Tribeca Trib reports that even though the electricity, water, and phones are all in working order inside each store, the level of structural damage to the Pier is still unknown.
To make matters more complicated, the mall is set to close this spring so that renovations can begin on a new glassy shopping structure. Stone Flower shop owner Michael Nicolini argues the issue of whether or not it's worth getting back to business immediately after the holidays: "There is no business in January, February, March. So what is the point of them reopening [after Christmas] to close everything down in April?"
As for a general timeline, an exec from the mall's owners, the Howard Hughes Corp., explained that divers are currently "in the water checking on the piles" to assess the pier damage. A company spokesperson explained that the inspections should be completed "in the coming weeks," and added: "We may be in a position to reopen Pier 17 before the end of the year and well in advance of the redevelopment, if it is determined that it is structurally sound."
Update: DNAinfo reports that the Pier 17 Mall was able to reopen on Thursday, December 6th.
· Uncertainty Over Storm Damage at Pier 17 Mall Leaves Shops in Holiday Limbo [The Tribeca Trib]
· SHoP Tweaks Pier 17 Design To Let the Sun (And Rain) In [Curbed NY]