Though the Fulton Center has opened for transit purposes, its 65,000 square foot of retail space is not expected to be fully occupied until later this year. Interest in the space has reportedly been very strong, but Westfield has yet to announce any signed tenants. It is expected to be a mix of retail and restaurants.Over at the South Street Seaport, construction continues at full speed at Pier 17, the Fulton Market Building and at the various “upland” buildings where new retail is being brought to market. Howard Hughes Corp. is keeping mum for now on who will be leasing there, but they have promised to bring retailers that will appeal to area residents.
Hughes has already delivered with the one big announcement. The new iPic Movie Theater complex currently under construction at the Fulton Market Building will be New York’s most luxurious. Of the eight plush theaters, none will have more than 143 seats. All seating with be reserved and you will be able to order food from your seats as well as having the option of choosing flat bed seating with pillow and blankets. A full bar will be part of the entertainment as well. The grand opening is expected to be this coming August. All told, the South Street Seaport will offer more than 360,000 square feet of new retail.
Not all of the retail is in malls however. There are lots of stand alone stores on the way as well. Joining the 28,000 square foot Urban Outfitters store on the booming Broadway corridor will be a 19,000 square foot Gap, a 30,000 square foot Zara and a rumored 20,000 square foot Anthropologie at 195 Broadway, the same landmark tower where Nobu just announced that it will be moving to in 2017.Joining this world renowned restaurant will be new eateries by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally at The Beekman, soon to become FiDi’s most exclusive hotel. On the waterfront, the legendary Greek restaurant and party spot, Nammos by the Sea, in Mykonos is expanding to FiDi where they will open at the brand new Battery Maritime Hotel in 2016.