Dear New York,
At our first meeting 20 years ago, we were just a single employee working in an Upper West Side coffee shop, dreaming of what was possible in this incredible city. Even then, we realized how special you were — sidewalks bustling with talented people from all over; neighborhoods filled with unrivaled educational and cultural institutions; and an unyielding sense of community. It was, as they say, love at first sight.
Soon after, we decided to put roots down and made a home along the Hudson River. Twenty years later, that love has grown with more than 12,000 Googlers who now call New York City home.
Over the past two decades, we’ve seen a lot together and found ways to come together. During the COVID pandemic, we made sure our community had access to vaccines and invested in startups that could help with New York’s recovery. We’ve worked to keep the city vibrant and full of life supporting local nonprofits, small businesses and artists. And along the way, we’ve made sure that the people who make this city so spirited — New Yorkers — have access to products that keep them safe, food to keep them fed and opportunities to keep their careers growing.
And now we’ve dreamed up a new way to come together as a city and invite the world to experience the magic of New York in the neighborhood we first called home. On Saturday, April 1, we’re opening up the historical landmark Pier 57 as a culinary and community destination.
Pier 57, which served as a cruise terminal and transit depot, is an engineering marvel and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Yet for the past 20 years, it sat vacant. In partnership with the Hudson River Park Trust, Jamestown, The James Beard Foundation, RXR, YoungWoo & Associates and Baupost Group, this landmark will be reborn as a place to celebrate all the things that make you, New York, so enchanting.
Just one taste of your vibrant food scene makes it abundantly clear that New York is a cultural melting pot. We want to spotlight unique voices, flavors and stories so we’re bringing seventeen new culinary offerings to Market 57. This will be more than just a food hall, it’s an incubator for emerging women and BIPOC chefs that showcases why New York is a global culinary mecca. These dining destinations will join City Winery on the ground floor of Pier 57, and a new state-of-the-art show kitchen and event space from the James Beard Foundation will anchor the space and let the community engage with the culinary arts in new ways.
From bird watching to dog walking, snow angels to bronze angels, picnics to pilates — visitors and locals alike flock to your world-famous parks for all occasions. So we’re working with our partners at the Hudson River Park Trust to add even more public space at Pier 57. This weekend we’ll open an indoor extension of the Hudson River Park called “The Living Room” that will complement the beautiful rooftop park, and make sure New Yorkers can relax and reflect by the river year-round. Our partners at the Trust are also opening a new interactive educational space called the Discovery Tank to teach everyone about the river’s ecosystem.
Finally, we want to make sure the pier is a space that serves all our neighbors. So we’ve built community classrooms that are open to the public and bookable on the Pier 57 website. Partners like the Children’s Museum of the Arts New York and The Coding Space already have great programming planned, and we’re excited to see what community organizations and nonprofits make use of this gathering place in the years to come.
We love you New York, and we think you’re going to love Pier 57.