The Durst plan paints a pretty picture of the area in front of Pier 40.
But after the coffee shop and bike store, where’s the 90,000 square feet of retail that the plan puts in the park in front of the pier and where are all the shoppers and their taxis? How did the building get so short? With all the commercial activity inside and the new parking garage where the fields are now, where are all the cars? And how does that $30 million pedestrian bridge get paid for? Fake plans like this one are dangerous because they clear the way for intrusive development that no one wants, or they delay real solutions that can save the neglected pier structure.