At noon on March 15, 2019, New York’s newest neighborhood ceremonially opened for business. Hudson Yards‘ first public-facing attractions, the Shops & Restaurants and Thomas Heatherwick’s interactive sculpture Vessel, will welcome the crowds that have watched patiently from afar as the project’s soaring, glass-sheathed towers have transformed the skyline. Elkus Manfredi Architects is the designer of the seven-story retail center, of which Neiman Marcus is the anchor tenant. The city’s largest indoor shopping mall with more than 100 stores, it features 720,000 leasable square feet (67,000 square meters) with nearly 85 percent of the space already occupied.
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Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot (46-meter) art sculpture, will welcome visitors to ascend its 16 stories and take in views of the surrounding development.
In addition to the opening of Vessel and the Shops & Restaurants, Hudson Yards also includes residential units at 35 Hudson Yards. The 1,009-foot (307.5-meter) structure is designed by David Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and yields 1.1 million square feet (102,000 square meters) of space divided among 200 units, a 60,000-square-foot (5600-square-meter) hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail.
The last component of the first phase to finish is 50 Hudson Yards, designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners. The future 2.9-million-square-foot (270,000-square meter) office tower will soon rise 1,011 feet (308 meters) and stand next to 30 Hudson Yards. Foster’s full-city block structure should finish by 2022.
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