Here’s What to Expect at New York’s Hudson Yards

The city’s newest neighborhood debuts this week with an exhibition space, restaurants, stores, and more.

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Rendering: Courtesy of Hudson Yards

NEW YORKThe first phase of New York’s multibillion-dollar real estate project known as Hudson Yards will open this Friday.

Built atop rail yards, from 30th to 34th streets and between 10th and 12th avenues, on the city’s west side, the new neighborhood includes (or will eventually include) a mix of office buildings, apartments and condos, an Equinox hotel, retail stores, restaurants, and art spaces, including Snark Park.

Snarkitecture’s new permanent exhibition space will debut this Friday with an immersive installation titled "Lost and Found," an interactive labyrinth of massive columns. Known for its large-scale, immersive projects like the Beach, the New York-based design studio hopes Snark Park will be “an incubator of sorts for our practice,” said Snarkitecture partner Ben Porto. (Co-founders Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen were named BizBash innovators in 2017.)

“Ultimately, we hope to provide a space for visitors to engage with art and architecture in a tactile, meaningful way. Through shifts in material, color, light, and even sound, our installations encourage audiences to challenge their perceptions of the everyday—to view their surroundings through new lenses,” he said.

“We are thrilled to bring Snark Park to New York’s larger cultural landscape. As part of the city’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, it will complement the diverse array of offerings, such as the neighboring Vessel and Shed,” Porto said.“We are thrilled to bring Snark Park to New York’s larger cultural landscape. As part of the city’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, it will complement the diverse array of offerings, such as the neighboring Vessel and Shed,” Porto said.Rendering: Courtesy of Snark Park

Snark Park is located at 20 Hudson Yards on the second level. Tickets for timed entry are available for purchase ($28 per person and $22 per child) through snarkpark.com; guests are given 45 minutes to explore the space.

Here’s a look at what else to expect at Hudson Yards and what’s coming up:

The Vessel is comprised of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and is a nearly one-mile vertical climb above Hudson Yards’ Public Square and Gardens.The Vessel is comprised of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and is a nearly one-mile vertical climb above Hudson Yards’ Public Square and Gardens.Rendering: Courtesy of Forbes Massie Heatherwick Studio

The Vessel
Serving as Hudson Yards’ signature work of art, this climbable, twisty sculpture from Heatherwick Studio is constructed of nearly 155 flights of stairs (that’s 2,500 individual steps), which are arranged into a honeycomb shape. Free timed tickets are available to the public through the Hudson Yards website.

The Shed, as seen from the north in February, remains under construction.The Shed, as seen from the north in February, remains under construction.Photo: Brett Beyer

The Shed
Scheduled to open on April 5, the $475-million Shed is a futuristic 200,000-square-foot arts center designed by lead architect Diller Scofidio & Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group. The venue features a telescopic, movable outer shell, which runs on a track similar to a railway, plus 25,000 square feet of museum space, a 500-seat theater, and a flexible hall that can seat 1,250 or 3,000 standing. Some programming has already been announced, including an eight-concert series with Björk in May.

Eats
In addition to new concepts from restaurateurs Danny Meyer and Stephen Starr, other notable dining experiences include TAK Room from Thomas Keller, which is reportedly less pricey than Per Se and features a Mad Men-era vibe; Mercado Little Spain from José Andrés, an indoor/outdoor food hall that will be opening in phases; and David Chang’s Kāwi. More than 100 shops and restaurants will eventually occupy the Hudson Yards development when complete.


Edge
Set to open in 2020, the Hudson Yards observation deck, called Edge, will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 1,100 feet. It will boast a 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area with a glass floor that extends out 65 feet from the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards tower, along with a restaurant, bar, and an event space.

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