As of 1 PM Sunday afternoon, after numerous construction delays, the new subway station at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue is open, and running trains on the 7 line, which previously terminated at Times Square.
We’ll have a more detailed geographic analysis once ReedPOP announces their crowd control plans, but while you wait, here are numerous photos taken by me a few weeks ago, and Sunday.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
So, what’s to come?
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. It is anticipated that more than 24 million people will visit Hudson Yards every year. The site will ultimately include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, 5 state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox® branded luxury hotel with approximately 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities and easy access to transportation for residents, employees and guests.
Further north, there is 3 Hudson Boulevard, which I pictured above. That building will be 66 storeys tall.
Tishman Speyer recently paid $185 Million for the land between 36th and 37th Streets on Eleventh Avenues. Owners of Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building, TS was the original developer of the rail yard, but dropped out during the last economic recession.
TS also paid $438 Million for the land along Tenth Avenue, between 34th and 35th. A 60-storey building will be constructed, which will overlook the water fountains and 3 Hudson Boulevard.
On the other side of the railyard, the AP Building is getting a facelift, and will be joined by two adjacent skyscrapers between it and Moynihan Station, to be known as Manhattan West.
Here’s a possible layout of the Hudson Boulevard park. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Landscape Architects, it, of course, is subject to change, and how fast the area is developed. The park was originally part of the City’s 2012 Olympic bid in 2006. (In addition to using the convention center for smaller indoor competitions, there would have been a 40-storey international broadcast center built, as well as the ill-fated Olympic Stadium.)
Once office buildings are occupied, expect a few posh hotels to finally appear near the Convention Center. With the 7 train, numerous gourmet restaurants, luxury retail and residential, plus the High Line and the rapid development of that neighborhood, it’s a no-brainer.
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