Hudson Yards in Midtown Manhattan

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Vessel sculpture © flickr.com - Ajay Suresh/cc-by-2.0

Vessel sculpture © flickr.com – Ajay Suresh/cc-by-2.0

Hudson Yards is a neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan, bounded roughly by 30th Street in the south, 43rd Street in the north, the West Side Highway in the west, and Eighth Avenue in the east. The area is the site of a large-scale redevelopment program that is being planned, funded, and constructed under a set of agreements among the State of New York, City of New York, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), with the aim of expanding the Midtown Manhattan business district westward to the Hudson River. The program includes a major rezoning of the Far West Side, an extension of the New York City Subway‘s 7 and <7> trains to a new subway station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, a renovation and expansion of the Javits Center, and a financing plan to fund the various components. The various components are being planned by New York City Department of City Planning and New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The largest of the projects made possible by the rezoning is the 28-acre (11 ha) multiuse Hudson Yards real estate development by Related Companies and Oxford Properties, which is being built over the West Side Rail Yard. Construction began in 2012 with the groundbreaking for 10 Hudson Yards, and is projected to be completed by 2024. According to its master plan, created by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the Hudson Yards development would include 16 skyscrapers to be constructed in two phases. Architects including Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, Thomas Heatherwick, Roche-Dinkeloo, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro contributed designs for individual structures. Major office tenants include or will include fashion company Tapestry, gym chain Equinox Fitness, and financial company BlackRock.

Hudson Yards from Hudson Commons © Rhododendrites/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Chris6d/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Jmex/cc-by-sa-4.0 Vessel sculpture © flickr.com - Ajay Suresh/cc-by-2.0 Pier 66 and Hudson Yards © Rhododendrites/cc-by-sa-4.0 West Side Yard and Hudson Yards © Antigng/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Hudson Yards from Hudson Commons © Rhododendrites/cc-by-sa-4.0
The area also includes other redevelopment projects. One such project is Manhattan West, developed by Brookfield Property Partners over the rail yard west of Ninth Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets. Other structures being developed in the Hudson Yards Zoning District include 3 Hudson Boulevard and the Spiral. The special district also includes Pennsylvania Station, the subject of a major overhaul.

The term “Hudson Yards” is used to refer to the MTA rail yards along the Hudson River between 30th Street and 34th Street, but has also been used to refer to the entire area being redeveloped, an irregular shape extending as far south as 28th Street and as far north as 43rd Street. The portion of the yards between the river and Eleventh Avenue is called the Western Rail Yards, and the portion between Eleventh Avenue and Tenth Avenue is called the Eastern Rail Yards. The Hudson Yards area includes parts of the Garment Center, the Javits Convention Center, Madison Square Garden, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Farley Post Office, and the Lincoln Tunnel. Most of the Hudson Yards redevelopment area has historically been considered a part of Hell’s Kitchen. The special purpose district covering the area, the Special Hudson Yards District, includes a “Hell’s Kitchen subdistrict.”

Read more on Hudson Yards, New York Magazine, 18 February 2019: I Have a Feeling We’re Not in New York Anymore, The New Yorker, 23 March 2019: Hudson Yards Is the Hotel California of New York, The New York Times, 5 April 2019: Hudson Yards: A City Within a City, The Guardian, 9 April 2019: Horror on the Hudson: New York’s $25bn architectural fiasco and Wikipedia Hudson Yards (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.










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