Photo by Michael Moran
Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development ever conceived in the United States just launched in New York City. The massive 28-acre project on the far west side of Manhattan between 30th and 34th Streets is literally a city within a city.
Hudson Yards will house more than 4,000 people, contains more than one million square feet of retail space, 14 acres of public space, the highest observation tower in the Western Hemisphere, and includes the inaugural Equinox Hotel, office space and even a public school. It is also poised to become one of the top places in the city for luxury shopping, gourmet eating and cultural activities. Here we give you a sneak peak into our favorite elements of the new Hudson Yards.
Ready, Set, Shop
Hudson Yards shopping center features 100 stores on seven levels and includes several brick-and-mortar outposts of digital favorites and shops new to the U.S. and the city.
It is also poised to become one of the top places in the city for luxury shopping, gourmet eating and cultural activities.
Neiman Marcus: The whopping 190,000-square-foot Neiman Marcus is the flagship store in Hudson Yards and shockingly the brand’s first store in New York. In addition to carrying all your favorite luxury brands, there are three restaurants to enjoy during your shopping spree.
Heidi Klein: The first U.S. location for the London boutique featuring beach and resort wear.
Mack Weldon: The first physical store for the New York-based atelier that crafts men’s basics and lounge wear from a proprietary fabric known for fit, comfort and quality.
Forty Five Ten: The first NYC outlet for the popular Dallas boutique that fuses fashion and art from luxury and emerging artists and designers. The store sells both women’s and men’s fashion, plus design items in its 16,000-square-foot space.
Rhone: The first location for the popular online brand’s selection of men’s active wear.
M Gemi: A fine selection of handcrafted Italian leather shoes for men and women. Make an appointment ahead of time, and they’ll have a glass of bubbly waiting for you while you shop.
Mercado Little Spain: Spanish chefs Jose Andres, and Ferran and Albert Adria combine to offer 35,000 sq. ft. ode to Spanish cuisine in three different restaurants; Lena, Mar and Spanish Diner. The complex also includes a cocktail and wine bar and 15 kiosks serving different types of tapas.
TAK Room: Celebrity Chef Thomas Keller, holder of seven Michelin stars, is bringing classic fine dining back to New York at the TAK Room. Expect to see dishes cooked tableside, champagne trolleys, retro cocktails, classic service and live music. Don’t miss a slice of the K&M Dark Chocolate Cake, rumor has it that the confection was refined for five years before Keller found it menu worthy.
Celebrity Chef Thomas Keller, holder of seven Michelin stars, is bringing classic fine dining back to New York at the TAK Room.
Milos Wine Bar: Costas Spiliadis has been elevating Greek cuisine in his Estiatorio Milos chain around the world for years, but his new outlet at Hudson Yards is the first to allow him to do the same for Greek wine. Located down a spiral staircase from the restaurant is Milos Wine Bar. It features every type of Greek wine you can imagine and a variety of meze.
Kawi: From David Chang of Momofuku fame, Kawi means scissors in Korean so don’t be surprised to see a pair whipped out tableside to cut homemade rice cakes. Try the candied anchovy and omelet kimbap, a sushi-esq dish, and don’t miss those spicy rice cakes. Currently the restaurant is only serving lunch, but dinner service starts April 15. Adjacent to Kawi, is Chang’s Peach Mart, a riff on the American convenience store offering lower priced takeout fare.
Belcampo: Carnivores rejoice! The meat-centric Belcampo from superstar chef Anya Fernald, brings its California sensibility of serving only 100-percent grass-fed, humanely raised beef to this burger outlet. All of the meat comes from its own certified organic ranch and is prepared at its own slaughterhouse.
More to See
The Vessel: At the center of Hudson Yards rises The Vessel. This interactive sculpture conceived by Thomas Heatherwick is destined to become the symbol of Hudson Yards. Soaring 150 feet into the air, The Vessel links 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings. The 2,500 steps take visitors on a mile climb up. While The Vessel is free, timed tickets are required.
The Shed: The Shed is a multi-purpose art center that will offer everything from musical concerts to digital media, theater, dance and more. The Shed’s unique retractable roof structure gives the space room to grow from 170,000 to 200,000 square feet and offer open-air performances. The steel and glass canopy is mounted on rails that allow The Shed to transform in just 15 minutes. There are rumors that New York Fashion Week could find a home at The Shed.
Snark Park: From New York’s Snarkitecture comes Snark Park, a multi-faceted exhibit space with immersive installations focused on art, design and architecture. The ever-changing interactive exhibits encourage everyone to explore, play and relax. The current installation is Lost and Found, which has visitors getting lost in the secret world the creative minds at Snarkitecture created.
Edge: If you have a fear of heights, avoid the Edge. Perched 1,100 feet up, it’s the highest outdoor observation platform in the Western Hemispheres. The deck allows intrepid visitors to walk 65 feet straight out into the sky and see the iconic New York skyline like never before. Feel free to lean out even further on the nine-foot angled wall of glass, or look down through the glass floor you’re standing on.