This neighborhood has been known as various names throughout its storied history from Clinton and Hell’s Kitchen to Midtown West. It was once a rough-and-tumble area and soon it will be transformed into a mecca of residential and commercial spaces that will redefine its existence.
While construction cranes seem to be a permanent fixture on nearly every New York City street corner, the largest residential development project in U.S. history is taking shape on the Far West Side of Manhattan in Midtown West.
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in history and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. It is anticipated that more than 24 million people will visit Hudson Yards every year. The site, according to Related Companies, will include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and a 200-room Equinox®-branded luxury hotel complete with unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests.
A major component of the Far West Side redevelopment was the extension of the No. 7 subway line west and south from Times Square and the construction of a new station at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue. Another phase of the plan involves renovating the old Farley Post Office near Penn Station into a new Moynihan Station, a transportation access point for passengers of Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road, and other component is the renovation of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
A number of office buildings have been topped out at the site, two super tall residential projects in Hudson Yards are on the drawing board, the subway extension opened in the fall of 2015, and the remaining phases of the long-term project are underway.