Hudson Yards, the $25 billion mega project on Manhattan’s far west side, debuted in March, bringing new skyscrapers, a huge shopping mall and a splashy performing arts center to the city.
New York City’s newest neighborhood highlights world cuisines like Mar at Mercado Little Spain. This food hall is like a Spanish version of Eataly, with a bunch of different grab-and-go tapas kiosks specializing in things like empanadas, flatbreads and cured meats. Hudson Yards’ enormous lineup of restaurants showcases ventures from some of the most famous chefs in the world like Momofuku empire David Chang’s Korean fine dining spot, Kāwi.
This is retail therapy at its finest. Top fashion houses have emerged at the $2 billion Shops at Hudson Yards, which has over 100 luxury, flagship and specialty stores, including New York’s first and only Neiman Marcus as well as Cartier and Sephora. With over a million square feet of shopping area, Hudson Yards is a playground for the fashionista in all of us. For those looking to explore the area outside of the HY complex, a few blocks south you can find some boutique art galleries full of new and budding artists like Atlantic Gallery, as well as Printed Matter, Inc., a fun and quirky nonprofit bookstore and gallery offering a large selection of publications by artists.
NYC’s glitziest new plaza is full of watering holes to discover, like an experimental beverage booth called The Drug Store, making pre-bottled beverages with “functional properties” from all-natural ingredients. Take a mixology trip to London at Queensyard from the people behind Bluebird London, an English-influenced restaurant in the Time Warner Center. Grab some light bites at Bar Stanley the cocktail bar at the back of the second floor of Neiman Marcus. The fancy cocktails are all $19, but they’re very well made and make for a refreshing respite from shopping.
The city’s newest landmark and the most striking outdoor attraction at Hudson Yards is what’s known for the moment as the Vessel—a 150-foot-tall honeycomb-like structure designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick. The steel-and-shining-copper edifice is a series of 154 staircases with 80 viewing platforms for stopping and snapping shots of your surroundings. For all styles of live entertainment plus the visual arts, there’s the new performing arts center, The Shed. This flexible structure’s boxlike exterior, which has a quilted effect on its outer shell, is mobile. It was designed on wheels so that the building can expand and contract to accommodate the performances inside. And if that isn’t impressive enough, there’s Snark Park, an exhibition space from design firm Snarkitecture located in The Shops at Hudson Yards. The immersive exhibits change periodically but all adhere to the second floor’s white-and-gray color scheme.