In 2012 in New York City, construction began on a site that we now know as Hudson Yards. On March 15 of this year, when phase one of the property officially opened to the public, it made its mark as the largest mixed-use waterfront real estate development in the United States. Developed by Related Companies, Hudson Yards—located between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets—had been a monstrosity in the making long before its first phase broke ground seven years ago. For over a decade, the underutilized railways plagued the West Side as an untapped destination as city officials, developers, and urban planners fine-tuned the project. Today, it is a neighborhood that is now connected to the rest of the city—by a new train line for the MTA, the West Side Highway, and its surrounding neighborhoods.
The property—now home to an array of world-class fashion and cuisine leaders, including names like TAK Room by Thomas Keller, Fuku by David Chang, Neiman Marcus, Van Cleef & Arpels, Fendi, Forty Five Ten, Watches of Switzerland, and Cartier—is also anchored by architect Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, a walkable sculpture with 154 interconnecting flights of stairs that acts as the project’s centerpiece.
Just three weeks later, on April 5, The Shed opened at the site. New York City’s latest arts center and nonprofit organization, led by CEO Alex Poots, is housed inside of The Bloomberg Building—a striking movable structure designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro and Rockwell Group. Inside, guests are welcomed to the 500-seat Griffin Theater and the multifunctional performance and installation hall, The McCourt. And up top, a rehearsal and event space is housed within The Tisch Skylights.
The 21st-century space is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and presenting original works of art—across all disciplines and for all audiences. For its opening, The Shed will present the world premiere of “Soundtrack of America”—a five- night performance concert series conceived and directed by Steve McQueen—that celebrates the unrivaled impact of African American music on contemporary culture. Upcoming performances include dance performances, group exhibitions, and an anticipated concert by Björk.
While it’s true that Hudson Yards has made a mark on Manhattan, the project is still only halfway complete. The second and last phase of the project is slated for completion in 2024.