Already home to some of the most talked-about locations in the world, New York City is adding another to its impressive collection. One of the largest private developments in the US, the Hudson Yards, officially opened to the public last week.
New Yorkers and visitors can now visit the US$25 billion (AU$35 billion) mega-development, located on Manhattan’s far West Side.
In total, the Hudson Yards will offer more than 100 stores and restaurants, five hectares of public spaces, a public school, offices, a 200-room hotel, and more than 4,000 residential units. And at the centre of it all is the Vessel, a 46-metre-tall, climbable art installation.
The $200 million piece, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, is made up of 154 interconnecting staircases with 2,500 steps and 80 landings. The installation will be open every day, free of charge, from 10am to 9pm.
Website The Urban Developer describes the design as a “focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points”.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Hudson Yards is to be completed by 2025. The mega-development will also include more than 100 shops and restaurants, the Shed — the city’s first arts centre dedicated presenting new performing arts, visual arts and popular cultural works — public gardens and squares, and a local school.