Opening Ceremony, Andre Balazs Coming to West Side Pier

(New York Times) At an old pier in Manhattan, the hotelier André Balazs is transforming a rubble-strewn rooftop into a health spa and beach, while in the enormous hollow cement caissons beneath the Hudson River that hold up the pier, a rock-climbing wall is being created.

The plans are part of a larger effort to redesign Pier 57, a long-abandoned former shipping and passenger terminal that spans about a half-million square feet at 15th Street in the meatpacking district.