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Electricity in the Air at Grand Opening of Hudson Yards in NYC;  Largest Development in United States History

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View of 55 Hudson Yards podium and 7 subway line entrance. Image courtesy Related/Oxford/Mitsui

On Thursday evening, May 14th, the electricity in the air was palpable as thousands of New Yorkers and others gathered for the much anticipated preview of the Hudson Yards megaproject on Manhattan’s west side.

By: Tino Grisham

According to a report on the Curbed.com web site, Hudson Yards is located atop the rail yards roughly bounded by 10th and 11th avenues, and 30th and 34th streets on 28 acres of land. This particular parcel is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group. At this juncture construction on the West Side rail yards has yet to even commence, however the developers are brimming with optimism about the future of the project and its impact on the economic growth of Manhattan as well as the quality of life it will provide.

Once completed, the site’s developers say, it will contribute some $19 billion annually to New York City’s GDP and generate more than $500 million in city tax revenue.

A map of Hudson Yards’ two phases, Eastern Yard (opening March 15) and Western Yard (to be completed by 2025).

According to an article in Architectural Digest, “the development is unfolding in two parts. The first phase, Eastern Yard, will be home to eight new buildings, including residential and commercial skyscrapers, public gardens, a massive shopping mall, and, next month, the Shed cultural center. Though specific design details have yet to be revealed, Western Yard will include additional residential, office, and retail space, as well as an elementary school. When both phases are completed, in 2025, the development will encompass more than 18 million gross square feet of built space, with nearly 14 additional acres of open public space.”

Architectural Digest also reports that “Hudson Yards is the largest development in United States history, a grove of crystalline skyscrapers that will one day host an estimated 55,752 New Yorkers daily.”

On Friday, March 15th, the grand opening is scheduled and for the very first time  the upscale shops, restaurants, park, and Thomas Heatherwick-designed “public landmark” will all come into view as it welcomes visitors, and breathes new life into a previously barren part of Manhattan, according to the Curbed.com web site.

Hudson Yards is progressing quite nicely on its road to expansion and looks forward to reaching its full potential with the hope that the design plans continue to go according to schedule for the next couple of decades or so. The progress is unavoidable though, with towering buildings already sitting on the far-west side and looking back at New Jersey over the Hudson River.

View of Neiman Marcus’ entrance inside Hudson Yards’ new shopping mall. Image courtesy Related/Oxford

The megaproject does have a building which is ready to go now and has already had tenants inside it, 10 Hudson Yards, which the New York Post reports is 704 feet tall and was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, formally opening its doors in 2016 despite remaining under construction. Some of the current tenants are Vayner Media, SAP, L’Oreal, and Tapestry. This beautiful building isn’t the only thing that you can currently find in Hudson Yards. Here’s a look at some more things to come in the future, with some of these properties already standing tall in the air, or low to the ground depending on what we’re talking about, and some things still remain mostly as schematics.

Then there’s 30 Hudson Yards, which is the tallest building in the neighborhood and the city’s third-tallest building. KPF is responsible for designing this nearly 1,300-foot office building that will soon have Time Warner Media relocate there from its relatively new and large spot at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The entire Time Warner Center will be torn out and renovated, making the building that’s about two decades old that much more of a prime real estate spot. The fact that Time Warner wants to move from this location to the far-west side of Manhattan is telling about the value of this megaproject.

There are tenants who signed leases for 55 Hudson Yards, like major law firms such as Milibank and BSF. Apple may try getting some office space too.

10 and 30 Hudson Yards (designed by KPF) flank a shopping mall, and are adjacent to Vessel (middle) and the Shed (foreground). Image courtesy Related/Oxford

The 917-foot-tall luxury condo tower is 15 Hudson Yards and is coming into form. It particularly stands out because it has what the New York Post describes as four curved-glass “tubes” at the top. The property houses 285 upscale units with almost two thirds already sold. People will be able to start moving in later this spring.

15 Hudson Yards, codesigned by DS+R and Rockwell Group. Image courtesy Related/Oxford

Don’t forget about the ground, where you can look way up at the towering skyscrapers. There will be a new avenue created, and the idea is to create a lot of park space. The High Line will be integrated more into the plans, as it already runs nearby and has a connection right to one of the buildings.

The Jewish Voice has previously reported about these massive developments, such as  when Debevoise & Plimpton announced it would also come to Hudson Yards, the city’s sparkling megaproject on the far-west side of midtown Manhattan. This major law firm will join others who plan to move to the neighborhood or are already there in some of the new buildings that offer world-class amenities and views that have to be seen to be believed.

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