NEW YORK New York’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public, offering both basic daily life amenities and luxuries that have earned it the nickname “Manhattan’s mini-city.”
People lined up on Friday to climb the 2,500 steps to the top of a massive, honeycomb-shaped sculpture called Vessel — the visual centerpiece of a complex of high-rises on Manhattan’s West Side with pricey commercial and residential space, plus about 100 shops and restaurants.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted the inaugural ceremony and joined by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and a lineup of New York business luminaries.
CNN will be a tenant at Hudson Yards along with its parent company, WarnerMedia. Other well-known corporate tenants include the BlackRock money manager, L’Oreal USA, Equinox and Coach.
Hudson Yards bills itself “the cultural center of Manhattan’s New West Side,” and on its first day, the culture came in the form of familiar brands at the five-floor retail mall — from Dior, Fendi and Neiman Marcus to Uniqlo, Banana Republic and H&M.
The powerhouse figure at the opening was developer Stephen Ross, the CEO of Related Cos. that partnered with Oxford Properties Group to build Hudson Yards, where the price of apartments ranges from about $3 million to $32 million. A one bedroom gorgeous apt starts at 5,000.00 a month rent.
“Today, we created a dynamic hub of creativity and innovation,” Ross told a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds gathered under Vessel. “Today, once again, we showed that New York will always be the greatest city in the world.”
Only half of the 28-acre community by the Hudson River is completed, including the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere atop a 100-story building, and The Shed, a 200,000-square-foot art center with a telescoping outer shell.
The rest of Hudson Yards is to be constructed by 2025.
When fully complete, the 28-acre site will include 16 towers of homes and offices, a hotel, a school, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, a performing arts center, Vessel and a shopping mall.
Hudson Yards is located between 30th and 33rd Streets, and between Tenth Avenue and the West Side Highway. In total, space will include a whopping 18 million square feet, spread throughout 16 buildings on 28 acres of land. The Hudson Yards is also connected to the Highline and 34th street MTA 7 train.
Walking on the Vessel is free but you need to order tickets online. Tickets are time slotted. Right now there is a two week waiting period. Each person allowed 1 hour. The elevator is only allowed for handicap and elderly. Armed security on premise 24×7 to ensure the safety of everyone walking the grounds.