Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development built above rail yards on the West Side of Manhattan, officially opened to the public Friday, marking a historic moment in the City of New York.
(Photo Above: The first Neiman Marcus department store in NYC opens at the new Hudson Yards.)
New Yorkers and visitors are now 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 was built by the Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group and is the largest private development in the nation.
“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 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.
NY Governor Andrew 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.”
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 M. 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.”
The Shops & Restaurants offer New Yorkers, visitors, workers and residents a comprehensive collection of top brands and experiences. This includes an approximately 190,000 sq. ft. Neiman Marcus, featuring three restaurants, on the top three levels of the retail center; a collection of experiential retail concepts and first permanent stores from leading digitally native brands; New York’s first Forty Five Ten, a more than 16,000 sq. ft. outpost of the Dallas-based boutique with four distinct storefronts;and mainstays across every category. The Shops & Restaurants is also home to Snark Park, the first permanent exhibition space from New York-based design studio Snarkitecture.
“The culinary creativity and diverse retail experiences at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards showcase some of the most innovative and exciting concepts in shopping and dining today. We truly believe we have assembled a collection that will delight New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Dean Shapiro, Head of US Property Development for Oxford Properties Group.
Complete list of retailers:
*Retailers coming soon
- Level 1: Avant Gallery, Brooks Brothers*, Cartier, Coach, The Conservatory, Cremieux, Dior*, Dunhill, Fendi, Kate Spade, Kenzo*, Molton Brown, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rolex, Rudsak, Sally Hershberger Salon, Scanlan Theodore, Stuart Weitzman, Theory, Tiffany & Co.*, Tod’s*, Tory Burch, Tumi, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vilebrequin, Vitra Eyewear and Watches of Switzerland
- Level 2: AG Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied, Atelier Cologne, b8ta, Batch, Citarella, Frankie CoLAB, Heidi Klein, Lovepop, Mack Weldon, Madewell, M.Gemi, Milk & Honey Babies, Muji, Rhone, Snark Park, Stance and Uniqlo
- Level 3: Aritiza, Athleta, Banana Republic, H&M (first of two levels), Jo Malone London, Kiehl’s, Lululemon, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Origins, Pandora, Sephora, Sundays, Verizon Wireless and Zara (first of two levels)
- Level 4: 3DEN, The Body Shop, Dylan’s Candy Bar, H&M (level two) Li-Lac Chocolates, Micro Kickboard, PiQ and Zara (level two)
- Level 5: Neiman Marcus (first of three levels) including Chanel and Louis Vuitton hard shops and Forty Five Ten
- Level 6: Neiman Marcus
- Level 7: Neiman Marcus
The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards also includes an esteemed group of restaurants and food concepts co-curated by Chef Thomas Keller and Kenneth A. Himmel. The hand-selected culinary experiences provide New Yorkers, residents, visitors and employees with everything from early morning coffee to lunchtime salads, and from casual cocktails to celebratory evening dinners. There are food and beverage offerings located on every level of the retail center. Additional culinary offerings will also be located in other buildings at Hudson Yards.
The full dining collection includes:
- TAK Room, a new restaurant concept from Thomas Keller Restaurant Group that honors timeless American traditions (Level 5 and 6)
- Kāwi, a restaurant concept from Momofuku helmed by Chef Eunjo Park, accompanied by Peach Mart, its corresponding grab-and-go business (Level 5)
- Fuku, a fried kitchen concept from Momofuku (Level 2)
- Belcampo, a signature restaurant and retail concept from Anya Fernald’s renowned organic meat company, which is their first location outside of California (Level 4)
- Estiatorio Milos, a Greek seafood dining experience from Chef Costas Spiliadis (Level 5 and 6)
- Hudson Yards Grill, a welcome restaurant featuring refined classics by celebrated New York chef, Michael Lomonaco (Level 4)
- Queensyard, A European-inspired all-day café, restaurant and bar from D&D London (Level 4)
- Wild ink, a restaurant and bar from rhubarb, London’s premium hospitality group, and Chef Peter Jin (Level 5)
- Citarella Gourmet Market, including a new eat-in dining concept dubbed Citarella Hudson Yards (Level 2)
- Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus’ signature fine dining restaurant (Level 7 in Neiman Marcus)
- Bar Stanley, a full bar serving Stanley Marcus’ favorite bites (Level 6 in Neiman Marcus)
- Cook & Merchants, a market with pre-made grab-and-go food options, coffee bar, chocolate counter, and wine bar with local craft beers (Level 5 in Neiman Marcus)
- Teak Tearoom, an all-day café with specialty teas, light fare and an evening tequila selection (Level 1 in The Conservatory)
- The Drug Store, a cocktail bar featuring drinks crafted with all-natural ingredients and functional properties (Level 2)
- Additional eateries and specialty food stores include: Blue Bottle Coffee (Level 2), Bluestone Lane (Level 3), Bouchon Bakery (Level 5), Dylan’s Candy Bar (Level 4), Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee (Level 4), Li-Lac Chocolates (Level 4), Shake Shack (Level 4), Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (Level 3) and William Greenberg Desserts (Level 3)
- Mercado Little Spain, a 35,000 sq. ft. Spanish food experience by Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, in collaboration with fellow Spanish chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià, featuring three full-service restaurants; several bars; more than a dozen individual stalls serving a wide selection of tapas; as well as retail kiosks selling a variety of Spanish products and gift baskets. Mercado Little Spain is located on the street-level of 10 Hudson Yards, underneath the High Line, accessible from Level 1 of the retail center.
Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, The Shops & Restaurants pay homage to the industrial past of the West Side. Inside, steel and dark wood evoke the rail yards that once dominated the area and natural stone floors and exposed support structures contribute to the rough-hewn, urban elegance of this vertical neighborhood.