New York City’s Monumental Year is off to a strong start with the opening of a $28 billion neighbourhood that’s breathing fresh air into a long abandoned “manufacturing” area.

The new 28-acre Hudson Yards officially opened over the weekend on New York City’s far west side, as a multi-purpose district featuring commercial real estate, tourist attractions, culturally significant centres and five acres of gardens and public plazas.

Taking nearly 12 years to construct, the “mini-city” is the largest privately built real-estate projects in US history and according to local leaders, is not only an “extraordinary” new addition but one which will change the landscape of the city.

Inside the neighbourhood bounded by 30th and 40th streets from 10th and 12th avenues is enough space to cater for 125,000 people daily who’ll be able to treat their tastebuds at a collection of vast restaurants co-curated by a culinary master, and shop a seven-level centre featuring the “finest” to stores.

Visitors can spend their nights in luxurious by booking one of the 212 rooms at the inaugural Equinox Hotel®, or working out at the fitness club and spa, SoulCycle® and more.


With environmentally-friendly procedures front-of-mind, Hudson Yards is home to the first-of-its-kind microgrid and co-gen plan, which allows power to be distributed via solar panels, small wind turbines and natural gas. It’s also New York City’s first LEED platinum neighborhood and has achieved WiredScore certification.

Complimenting the neighbourhood’s green approach is a grand five-acre outdoor public square with lush gardens.

At the epicentre of the district is a one-of-a-kind public artwork called ‘The Vessel’. Standing at 1,268-feet high, the monument is as interactive as they come, with visitors permitted to climb its 154 interconnecting flights of stairs – 2,500 individual steps – and 80 landings. Designers explained that this interactive element was added to the neighbourhood to present visitors with infinite ways in which they can “engage with and experience New York”.

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