Hudson Yards is a 28-acre real estate development in southwest Manhattan. Upon completion, 13 structures (out of 16 total) would sit on a platform built over the storage yard used for Long Island Railroad trains. The first of its two phases opened in March 2019, comprising a public green space and eight structures which together contain residences, a hotel, office buildings, a mall, and a cultural facility. The second phase, once complete, will include residential space, an office building, and a school. Major office tenants either include or will include the fashion company Tapestry, the consulting firm BCG, a new New York bureau for CNN, and the urban-planning organization Sidewalk Labs.
The Hudson Yards site was initially intended as the site of a new West Side Stadium, however, after its failure, private investors began developing the current plan. In 2012, construction began with the groundbreaking for 10 Hudson Yards. Zoning agreements between the local government, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the state of New York further incentivized the building of other large-scale projects.
Notable structures to date include:
- 10 Hudson Yards – Opened in May 2016, this 52-story building, which straddles the High Line spur to Tenth Avenue, was the first structure in the development to be occupied by tenants.
- The Vessel (above) – Opened in March 2019, this is a $150 million permanent art installation by Thomas Heatherwick. Located in the center of the public plaza, it is comprised of a 16-story freestanding structure of connected staircases which were inspired by Indian step-wells. Informally, it has also been dubbed “The Shawarma”, since it resembles this popular Arab meat dish! Unfortunately, after a series of multiple suicides, the structure was closed indefinitely in early 2021.
- 30 Hudson Yards (below) – Also opened in March 2019, this 103-story building is currently New York City’s 4th-tallest building. An observation deck on the 100th floor, which juts out from the building like a pointy diving board, opened in March 2020.
- Viewed: March 2019