When you speak of Hell’s Kitchen and the far west side of Manhattan, the stories that come to mind are of longshoremen, the notorious Westies and dark deserted urban streets, but now, thanks to a the 7 Subway Line extension, a massive project undertaken by the MTA, the docks are about to become a high-end residential neighborhood. With Chelsea, New York City’s hottest neighborhood bordering the south, and the theater district directly east, Hudson Yards is poised to become the newest “en vogue” neighborhood in Manhattan.
The name “Hudson Yards” refers specifically to the MTA rail yards located on the Hudson River, between 30th and 33rd Streets. (The portion between the river and 11th Avenue is known as the Western Rail Yards, and the portion between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue is known as the Eastern Rail Yards.)
The area is close to the popular High Line park, which was extended to 30th Street in 2011, and Hudson River Park, which offers cycling and jogging lanes, public piers, and a waterside esplanade for public entertainment. Other nearby attractions are Chelsea’s art galleries, the diverse restaurants of Ninth Avenue and Restaurant Row, and the multiplex movie screens and theaters on 42nd Street. Ninth Avenue in the 30s and 40s has a number of supermarkets and specialty food stores.
Penn Station is nearby, as are movie theaters on 42nd Street and the theater district. The Lincoln Tunnel connects 39th Street and Weehawken, New Jersey. While the Hudson Yards area lacks public transportation, the $2.1 billion No. 7 Subway Extension is on schedule for completion in 2014. The No. 7 subway line, which now ends in Times Square, will be extended to a new terminus at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue.
The city administration has started demolition for Hudson Boulevard and has approved designs for three small parks, which will go from 33rd to 36th Streets, between 10th and 11th Avenues.