New York City’s New Amusement Park for Adults: Hudson Yards Shops & Restaurants

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

By Anna Breuer on 18 March 2019
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Visitors to New York City have a new playground that is now part of the Manhattan skyline.

Rising above a dozen acres (five hectares) of rail yard in the West 30s Manhattan is Hudson Yards, a shiny new neighborhood and destination in New York City. Indeed, it’s been some 80 years since the city witnessed the birth of a development of this magnitude, when Rockefeller Center opened in the 1930s.

The $25 billion development, which runs from 10th to 12th Avenues and 30th to 34th Streets, was built on a $1 billion platform over the eastern end of the West Side Yard, a storage facility for the Long Island Railroad. The first phase comprises eight structures including several apartment buildings, a hotel, office buildings, a mall, and an arts center.

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When the development over the western end is complete, it will have 16 buildings including 4,000 apartments, a school, parkland, and accommodate 55,000 workers at a variety of companies ranging from CNN and WarnerMedia (which are both moving from the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle) to L’Oréal, SAP, and Wells Fargo.

It’s the largest mixed-use private real-estate venture in U.S. history and its attractions that are open to the public include the Vessel, a 150-foot (46-meter) high, $200 million, stairway to nowhere, sheathed in copper-clad steel, and the Shed, an art and performance space in a six-story box made of a steel exoskeleton covered by a translucent white polymer skin with a giant sliding roof.

What is already becoming a major attraction within days of opening is the centrally located one-million-square-foot (92,000-square-meter) seven-story mall, the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

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