Does New York's Most Expensive Neighbourhood Hudson Yards Live Up To The Hype?
Sprouting up on the far west side of Manhattan, the newly-opened Hudson Yards is the largest and most expensive private estate venture in America’s history, USD$25 billion to be exact.
With the exception of non-profit cultural institution The Shed (more of it below), Hudson Yards is privately owned by Related Companies, led by 78-year-old real estate titan Stephen Ross. The city was highly involved in this development too, who extended the No. 7 subway line to connect this new neighbourhood to most of the rest of the city’s lines, and provided tax incentives as it promises to increase job opportunities significantly, as well as tax revenues.
It’s an engineering feat that sits above the West Side’s 30-track railyard, which remained active throughout. Phase One (named Eastern Yards) opened this Spring, with skyscrapers of office and residential space and Singapore Tatler was there in New York to explore it. There is also a first-of-its-kind Equinox Hotel, opening soon.
The final phase named Western Yards, set to be finished by 2024, will also feature a public school.
Here's the Singapore Tatler guide to Hudson Yards:
1/5 The Edge
Opening soon, this triangular observation deck juts out from the 100th floor of the tallest building 30 Hudson Yards, affording panoramic views of the city’s skyline and sunsets. The 7,500-square-foot viewing area will have a see-through floor that is made up of 15 sections of steel and glass, bolted together like a jigsaw puzzle that hangs off the east and south sides of the skyscraper. There will also be a 10,000 square feet bar and restaurant by British group Rhubarb housed on the 101th floor, whose name has not been announced.
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2/5 The Vessel
Not surprising, New Yorkers have mixed feelings about this climbable artwork (temporarily named The Vessel), calling it the staircase to nowhere. But it’s hard to take your eyes off the over USD$150 million made-for-Instagram landmark, created by acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick, who was inspired by ancient Indian stepwells. The gleaming latticed structure stands unapologetically in middle of Hudson Yards, 15-stories high with 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and 80 landings, calling out to the public to explore it. Entries are timed, through tickets and there is an elevator available for the physically challenged.
3/5 The Shed
The eight-storey non-profit arts centre designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group houses two galleries, an intimate Griffin Theater and a skylit event space in The Tisch Skylights.
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The most inventive space here is McCourt which can morph according to artist’s needs, by deploying a movable outer shell with giant wheels. It opened in May (when Singapore Tatler visited) with lineup that has impressed art critics: concerts by Björk and bold, genre-blurring performances: “Reich Richter Pärt” is a collaboration between visual artist Gerhard Richter with live musical performances by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt and “Norma Jean Baker of Trioy” features poet Anne Carson, actor Ben Whishaw and soprano Renée Fleming.
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4/5 High Line Spur
It’s been a decade since the popular High Line opened, a 2.33 km winding elevated park built atop the disused New York Central Railroad tracks, designed in part by Elizabeth Diller, the same architect behind The Shed.
High Line’s final section surrounds Hudson Yards, christened The Spur, is completed and has announced the launch of The Plinth, an exhibition space featuring rotating public art commissions, the first being “Brick House” a bronze sculpture by Simone Leigh, and will be on display until September 2020.
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5/5 The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards
Flanked by skyscrapers, the seven-story mall features a James Carpenter-designed glass wall above its main entrance which allows stunning views of the Vessel, public square and gardens. The interiors are by Elkus Manfredi and home to over 100 stores and restaurants. Highlights include New York City’s first Neiman Marcus department store and highly lauded Thomas Keller’s Tak Room and David Chang’s Kāwi. We particularly enjoyed these sharply-curated multi-label shops: The Conservatory, Forty Five Ten and B8ta (which feels like Kickstarter site come to life).
NO BETTER WAY TO GET THERE
Singapore Tatler travelled to New York City to explore Hudson Yards on Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark route.