Living in Hudson Yards is a rare opportunity to experience a completely new neighborhood that didn’t exist before in New York City. A large-scale redevelopment program, Hudson Yards is the product of nearly 20 years of collaboration between city and state officials, developers and other stakeholders – and there’s still more to come.
Urban planners had their eyes on this underused area of Manhattan’s West Side, just southwest of Midtown, since the 1950s. Thanks to a major rezoning and decades of hard work, what was once little more than rail yards and a convention center is now filled with luxury high-rise apartments, towering office buildings, high-end shopping and dining, massive art installations and a shiny new subway station.
Phase 1 of the project opened to the public in early 2019, while Phase 2 is expected to be completed by 2024. There’s already so much to eat, drink, see and do in this buzzy hotspot, so head over and experience the brand new Hudson Yards.
The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, a sprawling retail space housing over 100 shops and 25 restaurants, has been one of NYC’s most highly anticipated attractions. Many of the restaurants are the work of celebrity chefs, like Thomas Keller’s TAK Room, José Andrés’ Mercado Little Spain and David Chang’s Kāwi. You’ll encounter everything from grab-and-go bites to fine dining establishments serving five-course meals.
Among the shops you’ll find NYC’s first and only Neiman Marcus, as well as other luxury retailers like Cartier, Coach, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Rolex. More accessible options such as H&M, Zara, Athleta, Banana Republic, Madewell, The Body Shop, Uniqlo and Sephora are also included.
Vessel: Rising up 16 stories and consisting of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps and 80 landings, the climbable structure temporarily known as Vessel is Hudson Yards’ centerpiece and a bold new city landmark. Designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, Vessel opened to the public on March 15, 2019 and became an instant sensation. Visitors can enter the structure free of charge, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
The Shed: Another architectural marvel added to the Hudson Yards neighborhood is The Shed, dubbed “A new arts center for the 21st Century.” This multipurpose structure will serve as a venue for cultural programming involving art, performance, film, design, food, fashion and more. Several architectural features make The Shed both functional and distinctive, including a retractable roof, a 500-seat theater and two levels of exhibition space.
Snark Park: Located on the second floor of The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, this multi-faceted exhibition space features immersive installations by design studio Snarkitecture. The inaugural exhibit, Lost and Found, features columns with interior details like disco ball material or furry white walls. Visitors can step into these columns and snap Instagram-worthy shots.
Between 10th and 11th Avenues lies Bella Abzug Park, Hudson Yards’ central green space. Stroll along and enjoy the lawns, fountain, café, wooden benches, planting beds and playground while gazing up at the neighborhood’s sky-high architecture.
A portion of The High Line, NYC’s elevated park, runs along the southern and western edges of the Hudson Yards neighborhood, with residential buildings also located nearby.
Hudson Yards had long been an underserved area of NYC by subway, until the 7 train was extended to a new station at 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The new station opened on September 13, 2015. Aside from the 7, you can find the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R or W at Pennsylvania Station, just a ten-minute walk from most of the residential buildings in the neighborhood.
Multiple bus lines also serve the neighborhood, including the M11, M12 and M34-SBS.