Manhattan, NY The Hudson Yards neighborhood officially opened to the public, marking a historic moment in the city. New Yorkers and visitors are able to visit for the first time the Public Square and Gardens, a new five-acre public space; its centerpiece, an interactive landmark temporarily known as Vessel; and The Shops & Restaurants, a one-million-square-foot retail center featuring a collection of more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences. Tenants have begun moving into 55 Hudson Yards and 30 Hudson Yards, two large-scale commercial towers, and residential occupancy is underway at 15 Hudson Yards. 10 Hudson Yards opened in May of 2016. The opening of Hudson Yards, built atop the MTA’s John D. Caemmerer West Side Storage Yard, brings together for the first time the West Side and the neighboring districts of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
Hudson Yards developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group were joined by U.S. senate minority leader Charles Schumer, congressman Adriano Espaillat, congressman Jerrold Nadler, council speaker Corey Johnson, first deputy mayor Dean Fuleihan and numerous elected officials; Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; and collaborators including architects, designers, contractors, engineers, restaurateurs and chefs, retail and corporate CEOs; and notable New Yorkers to celebrate the opening of New York’s newest neighborhood. Native New Yorker and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper served as master of ceremonies. Live performances by singer and songwriter Andra Day, Dancers of The Ailey School and the National Chorale, The Professional Performing Arts High School Choir, marked the extraordinary occasion. One hundred notable New Yorkers, from civic leaders to Broadway stars, sports icons to fashion designers, media personalities to artists, cultural principals to chefs, corporate heads and crowd favorite Big Bird, gathered in the Public Square and Gardens to walk Vessel’s 2,500 steps for the first time. Attendees participated in inaugural walks up Vessel, the neighborhood’s centerpiece designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio. A ribbon-cutting and photo-op at The Shops & Restaurants followed with development executives and retail and restaurant partners.
“There are three main reasons why I have long supported developing the vast underused space on Manhattan’s far West Side — and connecting it to all else via the extension of the 7 train: jobs, jobs, jobs. Jobs for New Yorkers in every borough, and at every rung of the economic ladder. New York is a bold, future-focused city. And the work done here by Steve Ross, Related, the City, the building trades unions, the MTA and others will contribute to the economic energy, optimism and vitality that will keep New York growing and creating — and at the forefront of global cities — for a long time to come,” said Schumer.
Governor Cuomo said, “The development of Hudson Yards has transformed the West Side of Manhattan, creating jobs and economic opportunity for New Yorkers. With the building of a new Pennsylvania Station-Moynihan Farley complex, we are going to connect this emerging neighborhood to a world-class 21st century transportation hub. Today marks our continued commitment toward building an even more sustainable City and region, and we are proud to be creating a stronger future for our state.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “Today is truly a historic day in New York City, it is not every day that you get to open a brand new neighborhood in Manhattan. The one word that best describes Hudson Yards is ‘transformative.’ This project is not a stand-alone development – it is the creation of a new, mixed use neighborhood, including public parks, cultural institutions, affordable housing, and thousands of jobs. As this project has created much-needed links between Chelsea, Clinton and Hell’s Kitchen, it has, thankfully, become easy to forget how disruptive the West Side Yards were to our urban fabric. I congratulate the many partners that have made this revitalization of the West Side possible.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “In New York City, we make the impossible reality - including building new neighborhoods over old railyards. Hudson Yards is bringing thousands of jobs, new green space, and expanded transportation to the West Side. The project is an example of the ingenuity that helps make New York the greatest city in the world.”
Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Companies said, “Building Hudson Yards is the most humbling experience of my lifetime. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to create a neighborhood of this size and impact, let alone in New York City. Hudson Yards’ economic impact is already profound and its place on the New York skyline is meaningful. Bringing this vision to life took incredible forethought and commitment from the public sector, and a world-class team and set of partners in the private sector, many of whom signed on to bring their businesses to our budding community when it was still just an open railyard. This new neighborhood represents more than just a set of buildings, it shows what can be achieved when the public and private sectors join together to unleash passion and creativity. Our ambition for Hudson Yards was to create a great neighborhood, with experiences and opportunities for everyone. I am confident that we have achieved this with great public spaces, shopping and culinary expressions across all spectrums, cultural attractions, diverse residential opportunities and cutting-edge sustainability and resiliency. We are thrilled to now welcome every New Yorker, indeed the world, to visit New York’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards.”
Blake Hutcheson, chair of Oxford Properties Group and president of OMERS said, “Today we celebrate the transformation of vision into reality with the opening of New York’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards. This neighborhood brings the community together with incredible art, architecture, public space and built form. We are proud of how far we have come in creating this great place, and excited to see it continue to grow and evolve with the spirit and energy of New York City and New Yorkers.”
Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer said, “The stunning Hudson Yards transformation is a testament to what New York City is capable of. I’m thrilled to welcome New York’s newest neighborhood that will encompass everything from a world-class business district to affordable housing, and look forward to watching it blossom into what is sure to be a tourist destination, and a beautiful communal space for all to enjoy.”
State senator Brad Hoylman said, “With the opening of Hudson Yards, a new chapter begins for the Far West Side of Manhattan. I look forward to working with the Community Board 4, local stakeholders and my government colleagues to help integrate this new neighborhood into our larger community and ensure that the benefits from this new development are shared by all of our constituents.”
Assembly member Richard Gottfried said, “The opening of Hudson Yards reflects New York City’s dynamic role as a business and cultural capital of the world. It’s bringing new jobs, housing, and amenities to Manhattan’s West Side and generating new revenue to support City services, schools, and infrastructure.”
New York City council speaker Corey Johnson said, “The opening of Hudson Yards is a big day for my district and for the entire City. I am particularly excited for the good union jobs this project has created and will continue to create, the city’s tax base expanding as a result of this project, and the affordable housing and the new public spaces and cultural offerings that Hudson Yards will bring to the neighborhood. I look forward to working with my neighbors, community organizations, and all stakeholders involved to ensure that the benefits of Hudson Yards are enjoyed by as many New Yorkers as possible.”
Gary LaBarbera, president, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York said, “The milestone we are celebrating today would not have been possible without the vision of Steve Ross and Related, as well as the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the building and construction trades. A world-class development project like Hudson Yards deserved only the best and most skilled workforce and we are proud to say it was built by union hands. We look forward to the future of Hudson Yards and will continue to collaborate with Related and Oxford on this ambitious project and many others across New York in the years ahead.”
Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, the largest property service union in the country, said, “Hudson Yards is poised to provide hundreds of family sustaining, union jobs, which have been proven to be the number one pathway to the middle class, to local workers. As these building cleaners, maintenance people and security officers fill Hudson Yards jobs, they will be able to provide for their families and lift up the New York communities they support. 32BJ SEIU looks forward to engaging these new union members and continuing to work towards a supportive environment for all working people in New York.”
A world-class collection of architects and designers collaborated on Hudson Yards, including: Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Elkus Manfredi Architects; Foster + Partners; Heatherwick Studio; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; Rockwell Group; and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Hudson Yards is home to industry leaders across nearly every business sector. 10 Hudson Yards is home to Guardian Life Insurance Co., L’Oréal USA, Tapestry Inc., The Boston Consulting Group, SAP, VaynerMedia, Intersection and Sidewalk Labs. 55 Hudson Yards is home to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Engineers Gate; HealthCor Management; Milbank LLP; Point72 Asset Management; Silver Lake; Third Point LLC; MarketAxess; and Mount Sinai Health System. 30 Hudson Yards is home to Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR), WarnerMedia, Related Companies, Oxford Properties Group, Wells Fargo Securities and DNB. 35 Hudson Yards will be home to Equinox’s headquarters and HSS. 50 Hudson Yards will be home to BlackRock’s world headquarters.
A model for the 21st century urban experience, Hudson Yards is mix of buildings, parks, utilities and public spaces that totals 18 million s/f. Planned as the first LEED certified neighborhood, Hudson Yards is home to a first-of-it-kind microgrid and two cogeneration plants that will save 24,000 MT of CO2e greenhouse gases from being emitted annually by generating electricity and hot and chilled water for the neighborhood—more than twice as efficiently as conventional energy sources. Additionally, nearly 10 million gallons of storm water will be collected from building roofs and public plazas, then filtered and reused in mechanical and irrigation systems. The development of Hudson Yards also provides for over 1,300 new or permanently preserved affordable units onsite and in the neighborhood, 14 acres of public space and a new K-8 public school.
Hudson Yards is an economic engine for New York City, already contributing more than $10 billion to the city’s GDP during construction and serving as a significant source of revenue to the MTA. It is expected to pay the MTA $2.36 billion during construction and $66 million annually. It will also pay almost $100 million per year in tax revenue that will be available for debt service on the bonds issued for the No. 7 Subway line extension — a truly successful public/private partnership. Once fully developed, Hudson Yards will contribute nearly $19 billion annually to New York City’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and nearly $1 billion annually in State and City taxes. The companies and buildings at Hudson Yards will bring over 57,000 jobs to the new West Side neighborhood and Hudson Yards also estimates that, over the next six months, upwards of 600 new jobs will be filled by the developers and management team to provide essential services at the development, most of whom will be represented by SEIU 32BJ, plus thousands of additional jobs at restaurants and other campus businesses.
Developers created the Hudson Yards Hiring Network, an innovative public-private collaboration designed to identify and recruit talent from New York’s most in-need populations. The initiative has already placed hundreds of New Yorkers in new jobs and expects hundreds of more jobs to be filled over the next few months. The initiative brings together four City agencies – Small Business Services/Workforce1, The New York City Housing Authority’s Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability, Human Resources Administration, The mayor’s office for People with Disabilities, along with 20 of the City’s leading workforce and human services agencies: The Bowery Mission, BronxWorks, CEO Works, Defy Ventures, Doe Fund, Fedcap, Fortune Society, Grant Associates, Green City Force, Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side Employment Network, The HOPE Program, Hudson Guild, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), Osborne Association, Restoration Plaza, St. Nick’s Alliance, STRIVE International, Urban Upbound, WF1 for Veterans and WINNYC.
The city’s goal to transform the broader 42-block Hudson Yards District from a largely vacant, underdeveloped area into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood of workers, residents and visitors is also being achieved ahead of projections, with over 30 million square feet of new development completed or in construction since the rezoning in 2005. The $3.5 billion infrastructure investment that the City made, or has committed to fund, through the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation (HYIC) bonds is paying off as the essential first step to attract vast private investment in the District that otherwise would not have occurred. It is now estimated that future revenues from the District will not only pay off the bonds that funded the subway extension, but will generate more than $21 billion in net revenues to the City, creating an enormous new revenue stream to fund future services. Additional benefits to the City include over 3,000 new affordable housing units accounting for 28% of all new housing in the district.
New Yorkers were invited to opening celebrations with numerous public performances including presentations from the Dancers of The Ailey School; the Haiku Guys, poets that create complimentary Haiku’s on any topic; Taro’s Origami, intricate and unique origami mementos; Caricature Artist A.E. Kieren, an undercover illustrator creating candid sketches in the moment; The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, a community-oriented dance company performing the Brooklyn-born street dance style Flexn; Silhouettes by Cindi, live creation of unique paper silhouette mementos; in addition to various DJ’s playing throughout the weekend.
Those who visit Hudson Yards will experience:
The Public Square and Gardens, one of the signature spaces at Hudson Yards, containing five acres of public plazas, gardens and groves designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio. The new park space seamlessly connects to the High Line, Hudson Park & Boulevard and Bella Abzug Park, creating a continuous chain of open spaces on the West Side from Gansevoort Street to Times Square, making it the largest network of public spaces developed in Manhattan since Central Park. The Public Square and Gardens is one segment of the 14 acres of open space at Hudson Yards.
Vessel, the centerpiece of the Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens, and the City’s new urban landmark designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio. Comprised of 154 intricately-interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, Vessel offers the public a one-mile vertical climbing experience and some of the most unique views of Manhattan’s West Side. Free entrance with timed ticketing details are now available at www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/discover/staircase/. Those who have experienced the structure will be encouraged to submit ideas for a permanent name from their mobile devices as they exit Vessel.
The Shops & Restaurants, New York City’s premier shopping and dining destination located at 20 Hudson Yards. The one-million-square-foot retail center brings together an unparalleled collection of shopping and dining experiences found nowhere else in New York, including offerings from leading brands in every category from luxury to fast fashion, first stores from many digitally native brands and imaginative cultural exhibitions. The culinary collection offers comprehensive and complementary experiences for morning, noon and night, across all food types and price points.
Additional highlights of the neighborhood still set to open over the upcoming months include: The Shed on April 5; the Equinox Hotel® in June; and Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, expected to open by early 2020.