NYC’s City Winery Is Heading Uptown

Some of you might remember when we first discussed the news about NYC’s own City Winery announcing their plans to relocate by the end of 2019. That news can be observed HERE by the interested, but now there is a revelation and a brand-new space to come. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
City Winery Founder and CEO, Michael Dorf, is pleased to announce that they are moving locations. After 10 incredible years at 155 Varick Street, City Winery has just signed a 25-year lease with RXR/Young Woo for a 32,000-sq. ft. space at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. This site will be anchored by Google LLC, which will occupy a majority of the art deco former , Marine and Aviation Pier. The Pier is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places and occupies a highly visible location in the park at West 15th Street, near Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District, the High Line and the recently opened Whitney Museum.

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“We are excited and honored to have found a home in Hudson River Park and to be amongst so many architecturally significant buildings in this area. Pier 57 is going to be an amazing adaptive reuse with its own market, Google, and an 80,000-sq. ft. rooftop public park. We are so happy to be part of this unique space and instantly felt a connection to it, as it includes plans for a public marketplace as well. To bring our winemaking, food, and music to this market complex feels like a karmic honor,” says Michael Dorf.

“City Winery is loved both in the community and across the city by New Yorkers who know there’s nowhere better to see a concert while enjoying locally produced food and wine.” said Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of Hudson River Park Trust. “As part of a larger marketplace, City Winery will add to the public amenities and cultural opportunities available at Pier 57. indoor public space provided by Google, and our new rooftop park.”

City Winery’s new flagship location in NYC will feature two performance venues; a seated 400-seat concert hall, a smaller 150-capacity loft space, a fully functioning winery and a 100-seat capacity restaurant and tasting room. It will be open to the public 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Dorf opened his first City Winery location in Manhattan back in 2008, and it quickly became a household name for its unique ability to operate as a successful urban winery, concert venue space, and restaurant. The company has expanded over the years, now with 10 locations across the country. With this new NYC location, we expect to see the ultimate culmination of the combined culinary and cultural experience City Winery is known for.

Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR Realty, said this of the deal: “RXR and Young Woo are thrilled to be welcoming City Winery, a true New York institution, to Pier 57. City Winery’s combination of maker, food and beverage and cultural spaces will not only advance the long-standing vision of the Pier as a premier public destination in Hudson River Park, but will also complement and enhance the other food-related uses that are planned for the balance of the Pier’s retail areas. We are confident that, in its new location at Pier 57, City Winery will, for many years to come, continue to play the leading role in the City’s culinary and cultural scene that it has played at its current location in Lower Manhattan.

Construction will be underway shortly with plans to open in January of 2020. City Winery will have breath-taking views of Hudson River Park, including the park’s forthcoming Pier 55. The wine-making facility and barrel storage room will be visible from both from the street along the Hudson River Park esplanade, and from the main entrance to the Pier. Within the restaurant area will be a pizza bar and coffee roasting station to complete the “maker” feel of the offerings. The tasting bars will feature the company’s proprietary tap system featuring over 12 wines straight from the keg. City Winery strives not only to create wine that contains low to no sulfites, but also to reduce the carbon footprint they leave behind.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told we have never managed to get to the City Winery yet to enjoy a show but its not based on lack of interest. It’s mostly been a matter of scheduling the time to see certain artists and the logistics to get the job done the way that readers expect. I have friends that have gone there religiously and love it so I am hoping that it will be what they are expecting in the new location. I’m going to make it a point to get there sometime after it opens or maybe even serve up a walk-through like I did some years ago when Stage 48 had opened. It’s without question that I will be continuing to add the shows that our readership find the most appealing to our Events Calendar so please stay tuned for that stuff and as I close this announcement up you can let me know what you think of the news. I think it’s a great thing as opposed to finding the venue leaving New York City. Over the last few years we’ve lost the Roseland Ballroom, B.B. King Blues Club and the Highline Ballroom in total and none of those are coming back. Webster Hall is set to open but so far doesn’t have the kind of programming that we feature here while Irving Plaza is set to close for about a year for a massive renovation. The only constant is change my friends. Especially when it comes to the live music scene of our fair Metropolis. See you next time.

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