Mall on Pier 17 closes

Mall on Pier 17 closes

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The barn-like mall at the South Street Seaport has closed after 28 years and will be replaced by a glass structure with high-end restaurants.

The Pier 17 mall was open for the last time on Monday.

Construction on the new building is slated to begin next month.

The South Street Seaport website says the revitalized Pier 17 will reopen in 2015. It says the new structure also will offer outdoor entertainment, spectacular views of the East River and a food market.

The South Street Seaport has been struggling since Superstorm Sandy.

Most of the restaurants and theaters have been closed or vacated.

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