The $25 Billion Neighborhood: Hudson Yards

Here is a guide on NYC’s biggest development since Rockefeller Center

(NEW YORK, NY) — Still with a long way to go before completion, Hudson Yards is on its way to become the most expensive neighborhood in Manhattan. Each of the multi-billion dollar buildings covers 10th and 11th avenues, and 30th to 34th streets, revolving around an expansive park. Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties group, this development still has a long way to go before completion, set for 2024.

Phase one of the project, unveiled on March 15 2019, covers 11.9 million square feet along the Eastern Yard. Next, developers are working on the West Side, 6.2 million square feet which has yet to commence. Phase two includes the construction of a public school, along with additional office, residential and retail space.

Revolutionizing the west side of Manhattan, the Eastern Yard is now home to mega office towers, pricey apartments, fancy restaurants and a luxury mall.

Here’s a progress report on how each building has progressed.

  • The Shops & Restaurants

The Shops and Restaurants includes 720,000 leasable square feet for fashion and restaurants. Brands include Lululemon Athletica, Christian Dior, Fendi and 6,000 square feet of Watches of Switzerland. The Shops also is home to the first Neiman Marcus in New York City. Restaurants range from upscale dining to fast-casual options. David Chang’s Fuku, Bouchon Bakery and Bluestone Lane, Milos and Queensyard, to name a few. There is also a grocery store and spanish food hall.

  • The Vessel

The $150 million art installation is the center of the 5 acre public square called the Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The walls are made of painted steel polished with a copper-colored steel skin. The base is 50 feet tall and then widens for a total height that is equivalent to one mile. Visitors can stop at one of the 80 different landing or climb the 2,500 steps to the top for a view overlooking the Hudson. Visitors must purchase a ticket to visit the Vessel and have an hour-long window to enter the structure but their time to enjoy the structure is unlimited.

  • The Shed

This is the only structure in Hudson Yards built by New York City. As part of the deal, the city mandated the construction of a nonprofit cultural center. The Shed will serve as a forum for art installations, concerts, conventions and other cultural events. This also features a retractable roof that can be used for outdoor events.

  • 10 Hudson Yards

10 Hudson yards is a 1.8 million square foot office building. Unlike other office buildings, the tower feeds directly into the High Line and is a designated LEED Platinum, the highest certification in green buildings. This building opened in 2016 and is home to Guardian Life Insurance, The Boston Consulting Group and L’Oreal.

  • 15 Hudson Yards

This 900 foot tall tower is on the corner of 30th and 11th avenue. 15 Hudson Yards spans 960,000 square feet and features around 300 residences, including 100 affordable housing units. The design collaboration by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group. The residence tower features a 75 foot swimming pool, screening room, rooftop lounge and a private coworking space.

  • 35 Hudson Yards

The 1.1 million square foot tower was designed by David Childs, the architect behind the Freedom Tower. The 1,000 foot tall tower is Hudson Yards tallest residential structure. 35 Hudson Yards has 143 condos, and will feature the first-ever Equinox Hotel with about 200 rooms. Guests and residents can enjoy the 60,000 square foot Equinox fitness club and spa. The Equinox Hotel is planned to open in June 2019.

  • 30 Hudson yards

At nearly 1,300 feet high, 30 Hudson Yards is the second tallest office building in Manhattan, surpassing the Empire State Building. The tower features a 10,000 square foot restaurant and event space with views of the Hudson River, as well as the highest outdoor observation deck in the western hemisphere. Wells Fargo and WarnerMedia are already tenants, as well as the offices of its two developers Related and Oxford.

  • 50 Hudson Yards

Planned to be completed in 2022, 50 Hudson Yards is located on 33rd Street and 10th avenue. Once finished, the building will span 2.9 million square feet and will stand at 985 feet tall, making it the city’s fourth largest commercial office tower. BlackRock, an investment management firm’s headquarters will occupy 15 floors. The developers say the building can accommodate more than 500 people per floor.

  • 55 Hudson Yards

The 780 feet tall office tower is at the intersection of the High Line and Hudson Park. The architects at Kohn Pedersen Fox collaborated with Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates. The building has a black exterior made of concrete, which was a last-minute design change by developers. This building has been opened since January 2019 and was in talks with Apple about leasing a 60,000 square foot either retail or office space.

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