NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BFC Partners, developer of Empire Outlets, the first and only outlet center in New York City, announced a partnership with the creative team behind Gansevoort Market to bring a new culinary destination to the North Shore waterfront. The Marketplace at Empire Outlets (MRKTPL) will be an innovative artisanal food market showcasing the best local and international purveyors in a relaxed and elegant environment. Set to open in late 2017, this will be the first market of its kind on Staten Island, marking yet another important milestone in the transformation of St. George as a destination for residents and visitors alike.
In a nod to the borough's roots as a hub for trade and commerce and the marketplaces of those times, the industrial-inspired MRKTPL will tie together the history of the New York Harbor with modern communal spaces to eat and gather. With over 12,000-square feet and another 3,000 square feet of outdoor dining MRKTPL will be curated through a lifestyle process, dedicated to fitting in with the local community, giving out-of-towners an authentic New York feel.
"As we continue to program Empire Outlets as not only a tourist destination from visitors arriving from around the world, we are thrilled to be able to bring such lifestyle expertise from Manny Del Castillo and Jamie Hinojos the Creative Director and Director of Operations from the Gansevoort Market team to our center with the addition of MRKTPL," said Joseph Ferrara, a partner with Don Capoccia and Brandon Baron at BFC Partners, Empire Outlet's developer. "The unparalleled benefit that comes from currently operating a market in the Meatpacking District which caters to residents and visitors alike will only add to the lifestyle components that BFC is assembling at Empire Outlets. We are excited to bring forth a destination that visitors will want to repeat time and time again. This is truly an exciting time for Staten Island."
Michael Brais and Louis Puopolo with Douglas Elliman Commercial have been selected by BFC to serve as the exclusive leasing agents for the food and beverage component at Empire Outlets. "Bringing MRKTPL to Staten Island is a game-changer for the borough," said Brais. "We want to create a compelling range of experience with each concept we bring to this project a destination in its own right. Empire Outlets is creating the opportunity for residents and visitors coming to Staten Island to step right into an authentic New York shopping and dining experience on the waterfront with one of the greatest urban views in the World. We're proud to represent the venture on this distinctive assignment, and look forward to more exciting announcements in the months to come."
In total, Empire Outlets will include 340,000 square feet of prime retail space with approximately 100 designer outlet retailers; a 190-room hotel; 40,000 square feet of food & beverage space; and a 1,250-space structured parking garage. The project – which is currently more than 50% leased -- will be adjacent to the New York Wheel, which will be one of the tallest observation wheels in the Western hemisphere.
About Empire Outlets
BFC Partners' Empire Outlets will be an approximately 340,000 square foot retail complex, comprised of 100 designer outlet retailers and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Plans also include a 190-room hotel that will provide extraordinary views of the Manhattan skyline. BFC Partners will also build a 1,250-space structured parking garage below the retail and hotel components to accommodate commuters and tourists alike. Designed by SHoP Architects, Empire Outlets will feature expansive open corridors to the water, contemporary materials reflective of the industrial waterfront, and a sweeping sustainable green roof visible from the harbor. Celebratory vertical circulation elements such as grand staircases, elevators, and streamlined escalators will guide shoppers as they move from the waterfront up to Richmond Terrace, creating a dynamic and easily navigated pedestrian experience. For more information about Empire Outlets New York City, please visit www.empireoutletsnyc.com. Find us on Twitter @EmpireOutlets.
About BFC Partners
BFC has been a developer of affordable and market-rate housing, as well as mixed use projects in New York City for more than 30 years. After starting in the East Village in the 1980s, BFC has established itself as a major developer in Brooklyn, completing the award-winning Toren in Downtown Brooklyn and the award-winning creative office building 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights. BFC is currently nearing completion on 7 DeKalb at City Point on Flatbush Avenue and has recently broken ground on the city's first outlet center on Staten Island. Most recently, BFC was part of a team to be selected by the city to develop Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. Since the firm's inception in the 1985, BFC and its principals have completed over $5 billion in development projects, encompassing the construction of more than 8,000 residential units and millions of square feet of mixed-use development.
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