, a decade in the making, is the largest private real estate development ever built in the U.S. As it inhabits the relatively small island that is Manhattan, New Yorkers have been watching, waiting, commending, and critiquing the neighborhood for years, and it finally opened on March 15, with most of the developments slated to open by the end of the year. While the amount of restaurants, stores, and activities can be overwhelming, here are the top nine things not to miss at Hudson Yards.
Okay, so the Chelsea gallery district is a few blocks south, but Hudson Yards has some pretty impressive art nonetheless. Putting aside the idea that the architecture and design within the building are eye-catching on their own, keep in mind that throughout the development, you’ll find works by Frank Stella, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Luke Edward Hall, and Sarah Moore (whose work at the restaurant is pictured) among many others. Keep your eyes peeled for original, commissioned work in addition to pieces already on view.
Chef Thomas Keller served as a curator for Hudson Yards’ dining concepts, helping to bring everything from grab-and-go spots to high end eateries to the project. His own restaurant, TAK Room, is his first new NYC spot in more than a decade and will serve what’s being billed as “classic Continental fare” and offer diners taste of timeless glitz; expect champagne carts, live music, and table-side trolley service. We recommend seriously considering a standing reservation.
The copper-clad structure by British designer looks like a cross between an Escher print and a beehive, thanks to its 154 connected stairways that ascend 150 feet to offer views of the Hudson River and Midtown. Currently dubbed the Vessel (although Related Co., the developer of the project, said it would be renamed in the future) it is a free public art installation in the heart of the Hudson Yards. The Vessel’s appearance has been the source of much controversy, so give it a climb and join the debate. Tickets to reserve a time slot will be available online and
The brainchild of restaurateur José Andrés and the Adrià brothers, is 35,000 square feet of tapas stations, paellas, grilled meats, and other Spanish-style cooking. Yes, it does sound very much like a Spanish version of Eataly, but that doesn’t damper our enthusiasm. In fact, Mercado Little Spain is much more reminiscent of the food halls and markets in Madrid and Barcelona with three restaurants, each specializing in a different cuisine, two bars, two retail markets, and 15 tapas stations.
New York-based group is known for its playful-yet-sleek approach to architecture—a distinctive style that has won over street style brands like . Within Hudson Yards, founders Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen have taken their vision to the next level with Snark Park, an exhibition space, which will host three shows a year. The inaugural exhibition, Lost and Found, is an immersive installation of white columns, mean to evoke a labyrinth. Tickets are available .
This 16,000-square-foot outpost of Dallas boutique promises to be a beautifully curated one-stop shop for fashion, beauty, jewelry, and accessories. Forty Five Ten will hit that sweet spot between boutique and department store, reminiscent of the luxury shopping of years past. As , Forty Five Ten’s Dallas location is a runaway success, in part to its creative approach to retail. Kristen Cole, the president and chief creative officer told Witchel: “We’re much smaller than a department store but bigger than a boutique, like 10 Corso Como or Dover Street Market in London."
A luxury gym-turned-hotel? It makes a surprising amount of sense for busy travelers looking to maintain their fitness routine while traveling for work. Anyone who has hit a dingy hotel “gym” at 5 a.m. before a day full of meetings can see the appeal of a total luxury experience. For locals, the will also house a flagship gym and spa. Although the 200-room isn’t opening until June, we predict it will be a popular stop in the development (shown here to the left of the Vessel).
A popular Manhattan haunt is making a westward expansion with a stunning outpost at Hudson Yards. This two-level Greek restaurant—which boasts marble floors and a stunning outdoor dining area—will offer chef Costas Spiliadis’s trademark Mediterranean fare (including the world’s best tomatoes), a wine bar, and a market so you can take home your own fresh fish.
This giant performing arts venue, set to open in early April, isn’t technically part of Hudson Yards, but it is just next door and is slated to become part of the city’s new fabric alongside its neighbor. The building will feature visual and performing arts and almost every other kind of cultural happening you can imagine, beginning with early programming from the likes of Steve McQueen, Anne Carson, and Bjork.