Manhattan’s “New West Side,” comprising the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and Midtown, has been booming for years, a cultural hub of fashion, design, communications, and art. With the move-in of Google in 2006, the area’s status as a nexus of worldwide culture and commerce began, and now cementing that status is the newest and largest development in Manhattan since Rockefeller Center: Hudson Yards.
Hudson Yards, located between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets, has so many more talking points besides its gargantuan, architecturally-refined skyscrapers, containing over 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space. From the extraordinary culinary experiences to the 14-acres of open air green space to a stunning observation deck, the Hudson Yards has been carefully crafted by teams of internationally renowned architects and designers to impress all who enter its golden gates.
At the center of this city-within-the-city are 10 and 30 Hudson Yards, the shingled-glass, triangular-roofed skyscrapers flanking the Yards’ main shopping mall. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, with interiors by Elkus Manfredi, these exclusive office buildings taper as they ascend, providing the most efficient floor plates, column-free office space, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
10 Hudson Yards, the first completed building at Hudson Yards, opened in May 2016. Ascending 52 stories and almost 900 feet in the air, the building is entirely leased to world-renowned companies including Coach, L’Oréal, Boston Consulting Group, VaynerMedia, Intersection, and Sidewalk Labs. With direct access to the High Line, 10 Hudson Yards includes a bridge crossing over the park below, creating a public passageway through the building nearly as dramatic in the skyline as it is walking across it.
30 Hudson Yards, with expected completion sometime this year, will rise a monumental 1,296 feet in the air, making it the second tallest office building in New York. Although exclusively leased to companies including HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner, and Wells Fargo Securities, 30 Hudson Yards will provide access to premier restaurants and retailers, as well as a direct underground connection to the new No. 7 Subway station.
But 30 Hudson Yards offers something much more colossal than height and exclusive office space. Towering 1000 feet in the air is the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. Dubbed “The Deck,” this extraordinary feature is a partial glass floor cut in a triangular shape which extends 65 feet out from the building. It’s an astonishing feature, where one can look down from the 100th floor and actually take in the neighborhood 1000 feet below. The Deck is surrounded by a nine-foot wall of boldly angled glass, which the truly brave can lean out onto for adventurous gazing at Manhattan below.
Ascending one floor higher takes you to top-of-the-world dining. The 101th floor will offer 10,000 square feet of drinking, dining, and event space, managed by the internationally recognized hospitality group, rhubarb.
Integrating all of the best parts of a city – beautiful parks, exclusive dining and shopping, art and culture, residential and office buildings, and easy subway access – Hudson Yards seeks to be its own “city within a city,” at the same time that it strives to offer experiences of awe and wonder to all who enter. Boasted as the “largest private real estate development in the history of the United States,” Hudson Yards is considered by many to be the new center for international retail, commerce, and culture.