On the Far West Side of Manhattan, the colossal Hudson Yards megaproject is forging ahead at a rapid pace. The new complex, situated atop an active Long Island Rail Road railyard just west of Penn Station, promises millions of square feet of new office, retail, hotel and residential space, not to mention a new interactive public sculpture, 14 acres of public space and a world-class arts venue.
When the entire complex is completed roughly around 2025, the massive project will completely reshape the New York City skyline and house some 5,000 residents as well as thousands of commuters and tourists on a daily basis. Much like Rockefeller Center and the World Trade Center, it will make an indelible impact on the city’s commercial, cultural and recreational landscape.
Here’s a quick development update about how this new megaproject is progressing.
10 Hudson Yards
Already completed, 10 Hudson Yards opened in May 2016 as the first new commercial tower in the Hudson Yards complex. Soaring 895 feet into the sky, 10 Hudson Yards holds marquee tenants such as Coach, VaynerMedia, L’Oreal, SAP and the Boston Consulting Group.
Set to become the tallest tower in the new complex, 30 Hudson Yards is rising rapidly and will top out at 1,296 feet when it opens in 2019. The new office tower will boast an outdoor observation deck that juts off its south-facing slope and hold major tenants such as Time Warner and Wells Fargo. It will directly connect to the 7 train at the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station as well as to the Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, a one-million square foot retail hub anchored by Neiman Marcus and host to a number of other luxury stores and 16 restaurants by acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller, David Chang and Jose Andres.
Also rising quickly is 15 Hudson Yards, a 910-foot-tall residential tower currently seeing cladding being placed on its lower levels. In addition to holding hundreds of residential spaces, the tower will most notably be attached to the Shed, a flexible cultural and arts hub set to open in 2019.
Cladding is also quickly progressing along the base of 35 Hudson Yards, a 1,009-foot-tall mixed-use tower. The tower, designed by David Childs, will feature luxury residential units, an Equinox hotel, spa and fitness club, office space and retail on the ground floor.
Another new office tower under construction, 55 Hudson Yards will stand 780 feet tall and hold 1.3 million square feet of office space. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018, the new skyscraper will feature tenants such as law firms Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Cooley LLP, Intercept Pharmaceuticals and MarketAxess.
Also underway is the Public Square and Gardens as well as its centerpiece Vessel, an interactive public sculpture designed by British architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick. In addition, demolition for the 985-foot-tall 50 Hudson Yards office tower is also underway. The second phase of the megaproject, which involves building a platform above the western portion of the railyards to allow for new development, is scheduled to begin later this year or next year. When all is said and done, the complex will cover some 28 acres and serve as the showpiece for the redevelopment of the booming Far West Side of Manhattan.