City on Stilts

First phase of Hudson Yards set to finally open to the public

Since construction began in 2013, Hudson Yards has redefined the Midtown Manhattan skyline, bringing a cluster of glossy towers visible from around the city. (Courtesy KPF)

Four blocks of Manhattan’s Far West Side were rezoned 14 years ago for New York’s ambitious 2012 Olympic bid. After a failed attempt to secure the games, the parcel of land was awarded in 2008 to real estate giant Related Companies. Through a public-private partnership in which Related would oversee the design, construction, and long-term maintenance of the site, the group began creating what’s now the largest private development in the history of the United States. Set atop a cluster of rail yards between 10th and 11th avenues, the first phase of the multibillion-dollar megaproject known as Hudson Yards is set to open on March 15, when a cohort of towers and parkland previously inaccessible to the public will be unveiled. Ahead of the much-anticipated launch date, here’s a brief look at what’s already opened and what’s coming online this spring.

Site plan of the complete Hudson Yards masterplan

Hudson Yards’ Phase 1, east of 11th Avenue, opens on March 15, but future buildings and parkland won’t be open until 2025. (Courtesy KPF)

10 Hudson Yards
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), this 895-foot-tall office tower was the first structure completed on-site in May of 2016 and features 1.8 million square feet of commercial space. It boasts tenants such as Coach, L’Oréal, Sidewalk Labs, VaynerMedia, and Boston Consulting Group, among others. A Spanish food hall by José Andrés will also be located in the building.

Photo of 15 Hudson Yards and the Bloomberg Building

At 88 stories tall, 15 Hudson Yards rises from the base of The Bloomberg Building, which houses The Shed. (Timothy Schenck/Courtesy Related-Oxford)

15 Hudson Yards
Rising 917 feet in the sky, this residential tower will offer 285 luxury apartments and 107 affordable rentals come March. The skinny skyscraper was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as lead architect and Rockwell Group as lead interior architect.

Rendering of the observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards

In 2020, 30 Hudson Yards will open its open-air observation deck, the highest of its kind in the city. (Courtesy KPF)

30 Hudson Yards
This commercial tower, also designed by KPF is the tallest in Hudson Yards, stretching 1,296 feet in the air, and is set to open in March. It features the city’s highest open-air observation deck, which will be open to the public in 2020. Major media groups such as HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner, and Wells Fargo Securities, are set to move in this March.

Rendering of 35 Hudson Yards

Rendering of 35 Hudson Yards (Courtesy SOM)

35 Hudson Yards
Also opening this spring, this mixed-use supertall tower was designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings + Merrill. It will house 143 condominiums, as well an Equinox Club at the base of its 92 floors. A branded hotel by the luxury fitness company will also open inside the structure.

Rendering of 55 Hudson Yards

Rendering of 55 Hudson Yards (Courtesy KPF)

55 Hudson Yards
KPF worked alongside Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates to design this boxy, 780-foot office structure. Completed last year, it’s already opened to tenants, serving as the headquarters of several law firms and financial groups.

Close up photo of New York’s Staircase

Close-up of New York’s Staircase with 15 Hudson Yards in the background on the left and 35 Hudson Yards on the right (Jonathan Hilburg/AN)

Vessel/New York’s Staircase
Heatherwick Studio’s monumental work, known now as New York’s Staircase or Vessel, was commissioned to become the development’s signature work of art. As the centerpiece of Hudson Yards’ five-acre public park, designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the spiraling, copper-clad work stands 150 feet tall and weaves 2,500 steps throughout its structure. It will open to visitors starting in March.

The Shops and Restaurants a.k.a. 20 Hudson Yards
This seven-story structure, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, will contain 25 fast-casual dining options and restaurants helmed by famous chefs like Thomas Keller and David Chang. The one-million-square-foot building will also feature over 100 luxury shops and an immersive exhibition space by Snarkitecture called Snark Park.

The Shed, a.k.a the Bloomberg Building
This 200,000-square-foot structure features a retractable outer shell designed to open and enclose a year-round exhibition space and performing arts venue. Also designed by DS+R in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the structure sits at the base of 15 Hudson Yards and will serve as the city’s newest cultural center. The project will open on April 5.

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