Everywhere, the shopping season is about to begin. Everywhere, that is, except at “the most complete retail destination in New York City, the most alluring retail landmark in the world,” as the luxury Westfield World Trade Center mall describes itself.
A persistent water leak is among the problems that have delayed the opening of the mall, which was supposed to be operating by now, to the first half of 2016. It is the latest setback to bedevil the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the $3.7 billion rail terminal that will also house Westfield’s $1.4 billion shopping center.
The problems of building such a complex, if spectacular, structure have swollen its price tag to nearly double the estimate when plans were announced almost 12 years ago.
Once the hub finally opens, an awe-struck public may forget the tribulations. But at the moment, they seem never-ending.
More than 100 tenants — including Apple, Daniel Boulud, Eataly, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, John Varvatos and Stuart Weitzman — once believed they would be doing business by now with thousands of office workers from Condé Nast, Goldman Sachs and elsewhere; with PATH commuters and subway straphangers; tourists drawn by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the One World Observatory; and neighbors. […]