Hudson Yards, neighborhood or destination? That all depends on who you ask. New Yorkers can be touchy about neighborhoods so we’ll tread lightly here. Technically, it's a destination with a residential element. But who cares at this point. It’s got shopping, art galleries, performance space, fabolous eateries and inspiring architecture. It’s a remarkable place to visit or live.
The 28 acre mixed-use development located on Manhattan’s Westside is bounded by 34th and 30th street to the north and south and by 10th Ave and the West Side Highway.
The whole development is a destination, so take your pick, there are so many. Start your visit at The Edge, which holds the record for the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. It's a doozie and it's on the 100th Floor of 30 Hudson Yards. The dramatic slab juts out 80 feet and offers views far and wide of New York, New Jersey and much more.
Mercado Little Spain pays homage to the cuisine of Spain. Restaurants, bars, kiosks, and shops line the lower level of the shopping mall. Come hungry, there are plenty of tapas and other tasty bites to try.
The Shed, a cultural hotbed of all things art. The public space showcases different artistic mediums like painting, digital, music, dance, and literature all under one roof. It’s got the New York City vibe and it's a must visit.
Shopping! Shopping! and more shopping! Close to 750,000 square feet of high end retail and restaurant space with more on its way.
What You Might See
You’ll see lots of selfie snapping people and tourists. Especially near The Vessel, the extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards. The 150-foot tall structure has 16 stories of interconnected floors and stairs and was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio.
Besides tourists, you’ll see sleek modern day buildings from architectural heavy hitters like KPF, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Rockwell Group. Check out the labyrinth of landscaped public spaces that include gardens and groves. They are guaranteed to stimulate the inner tree hugger in you. You can access the new section of The High Line.
What You Don't Know
Proposals for the Hudson Yards space have been ongoing for years. When New York City was vying for the 2012 Olympics games, they proposed building a Westside stadium for the games and other sporting events. The Olympic bid fell through but jump started the desire to revitalize the area. Hence, the Hudson Yards concept was born.
What’s In The Future
Stay tuned, there is more sprawl to come. Western Yard, slated for 2025, includes more office / retail space, an elementary school, and 14 additional acres of public space. Social media giant Facebook is slated to lease office space there too.
What We Love
That’s like asking what your favorite movie is. It’s hard to narrow it down. We love ALL of Hudson Yards because it caters to so many types of people. Tourists, foodies, office workers, artists, and everything in between. There is something for everyone at Hudson Yards. Even if you aren’t interested in the attractions or destinations, plan a visit regardless. It’s quite an epic place.
We love its size too. From conceptual drawings to actual construction this place is horizontally and vertically immense. Putting it all together in one shiny well presented development could not have been an easy task. Kudos Hudson Yards!