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TechTalkGuy Feb 22, 2013 2:19 AM

:previous: I wonder how they will perform the construction without disrupting train service running through the tunnel. :shrug:

genop Mar 27, 2013 11:59 AM

Not sure if this tower has its own thread but this was in the post today:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...pGJYwXNlN7tEIP

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Quote:

New towering W. Side gem
‘Diamond’ bldg. plan

By RICH CALDER
Last Updated: 3:06 AM, March 27, 2013
Posted: 12:31 AM, March 27, 2013
This tower is ready to become a jewel in the Manhattan skyline.

A new rendering has been released for a long-stalled office skyscraper at the Hudson Yards. It shows a “diamond”-covered structure that will rise 56 stories on the far West Side.

Dubbed One Hudson Yards, the project will feature a faceted facade covered in what designers call a “diagrid” pattern.

The $1 billion building is expected to stand 877 feet tall on 11th Avenue, between West 33rd and 34th streets.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen and developed by Extell, One Hudson Yards is set to offer 1.75 million square feet of office space.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: A rendering of the office tower planned for Hudson Yards on the far West Side.“The deliberate expression of the tower’s sleek ‘diagrid’ structural system creates a dramatic visual landmark in the heart of the Hudson Yards District,” says a description on the project’s Web site.

Originally announced in 2009, One Hudson Yards will sit atop the No. 7 subway line extension now under construction, adjacent to the planned Hudson Park project and across from the Javits Convention Center.

It would also be next to the West 34th Street entrance of the subway line, which is scheduled to open next year.

A source close to the project said office-space rental rates have yet to be set.

Developers have said previously that they would start building only once they have signed up tenants for at least half the space.

“We’re looking to deliver the project by late 2017, 2018,” said the source, adding that the MTA “has built a majority of our foundation” due to the subway construction.

“That’s why [the developer] has the advantage of speed to market without the risk of environmental hazards or hitting bedrock,” the source added.

Extell’s project is just north of mixed-use mega-development that Related Cos. is building on the Hudson Yards rail site bounded by 10th and 12th avenues from West 30th to 33rd streets.


NYC4Life Mar 27, 2013 5:21 PM

^^^ That's One Hudson Yards

mrnyc Apr 3, 2013 5:02 AM

isnt this site where the 'world product centre' or medical mart tower was once supposed to be built (before it got beaten to the punch by cleveland)?

NYC4Life Apr 11, 2013 7:13 PM

04/10/2013 05:39 PM
MTA Closes Two Major Leases For Hudson Yards Site
By: NY1 News

http://www.ny1.com/content/transit/1...son-yards-site

Quote:

The buildings aren't up yet at Hudson Yards, but more giant companies are moving into the newest neighborhood on Manhattan's far West Side.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it closed on the first of two 99-year leases with Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group.

This lease allows Related to develop 26 acres over the Long Island Rail Road tracks between 10th and 12th Avenues and West 30th and 33rd Streets, the same area served by the extended number 7 train.

Excavation and foundation work started in late 2012.

Fashion company Coach already bought 740,000-square-feet in the south tower for its global corporate headquarters.

Its new neighbors will be beauty company L'Oreal and technology company SAP.

Officials say this leaves the south tower with more than 80 percent occupancy.




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mrnyc Apr 14, 2013 6:12 AM

today

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NYguy Apr 23, 2013 8:14 PM

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...TATE/304219989


With Javits saved for now, Alan Steel forges on
President of convention center dares to plan for future.


By Daniel Geiger
April 21, 2013


Quote:

Was it awkward when Mr. Cuomo suggested Javits be razed?

Samuel Johnson said nothing concentrates a man's mind like imminent execution. With the threat of the building closing, does that get everyone to think and say, "This is serious, and all you can do is do a better job"? It helps.

Isn't there still a sense of uncertainty surrounding the future of Javits?

We're not seeing a lot of people booking far out, in, say, 2025. Some conventions book four-year cycles. If you tell them you don't know if you're going to be around, it might influence their decision.

If you had to put Javits somewhere else, where would you put it?

I would want to establish a lot of conversation with peers in the convention and hotel industries, and I would look across the bridge, possibly at the rail yards in Queens. Willets Point has interesting elements to it. I would be looking for something with that type of proximity to existing infrastructure. Eastern Queens seems a little far out, but anything is possible.

What are your goals?

My big campaign is building a yes culture. We're trying to imbue all employees that the answer to any question is yes. It's yes, we'll find a way to do it. What's going to happen to Javits is not ultimately my responsibility or any of my staff. The only influence we can have on that conversation is if people are saying this is valuable to the economy.

The development of the rail yards is rapidly changing the far West Side. What place will Javits have in the new landscape?

More than anything, the arrival of the No. 7 line changes the dynamic. The building for years has had to bring customers here by car or bus. One thing we have thought of is trying to create a food destination here. I look at the Time Warner Center and what they have. We have the High Line crowd. There are a bunch of things that could be done to make us more attractive.

NYguy May 3, 2013 1:30 AM

http://commercialobserver.com/2013/0...on-yards-site/

Lazarian Properties Pays $21.25 M. for Hudson Yards Development Site


http://nyocommercialobserver.files.w...pg?w=397&h=574


By Al Barbarino 5/02/13


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Lake Success, New York-based Lalezarian Properties has purchased a development site in the Hudson Yards Special District at 511-515 West 36th Street for $21.25 million, The Commercial Observer has learned. A six-story, 37,929-square-foot commercial loft building currently sits at the site, but the firm plans to raze the structure and construct a residential rental development across it and adjacent sites that it already owns. “They preferred to have a larger site and this acquisition adds to the size of their floor plate,” said Eastern Consolidated’s Azita Aghravi, who represented the buyer.

Lalezarian Properties also owns the parcels located between 519 and 525 West 36th Streets, meaning that the property will ultimately run up against a newly created intersection at its border.

“The city is creating a new street there, so this will be a nice corner location for them,” Ms. Aghravi said, adding that real estate holdings in the vicinity of Hudson Yards are currently “a magnet” for investors.


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NYguy Jun 3, 2013 12:13 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...445893184.html

Balking Over Public Space
Related Cos. Seeks to Opt Out of Paying for New Park on Border of Hudson Yards.



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A rendering of a block of Hudson Park and Boulevard, an approximately 4-acre system which is planned for 2014.



By LAURA KUSISTO and ELIOT BROWN
June 2, 2013


Quote:

Landlords are coming together to pay annual dues for upkeep and improvements to a new city-owned park being developed on Manhattan's far West Side. But there's one notable exception: the developer of the 26-acre Hudson Yards project at the southern edge of the planned park.

Executives at Related Cos.—which is planning to develop office buildings, stores and apartment buildings on its huge site—have told people working on the park that they don't feel Related should have to contribute to its upkeep. The executives have pointed out that Related is already on the hook for funding the maintenance and operations of more than 12 acres of open space planned on its site given a prior agreement with the city. Company executives see another fee for maintenance in the area as a form of double taxation.

Other landlords in the area don't agree. "They should be paying the same thing as everybody else does," says Oskar Brecher, director of development for Moinian Group, which owns a site in the area.

The new park, planned to run from West 33rd to West 36th streets for its first phase, is expected to open in 2014. While the city paid for construction, it never made a commitment to pay for much of its upkeep, leaving open the question of how it would be funded. Instead, neighborhood property owners and community leaders are working on creating a so-called "business improvement district" that would require owners of commercial and some residential buildings to pay annual fees for park maintenance and other services for the area. Fees would range from $1 for owners of residential condos would exceed $10,000 for some owners of larger, newer buildings before more developments are finished and share the burden.

The question is what should be the boundaries of the district? Its plan calls for it to cover a large swath of the West Side, stretching from West 30th Street to West 42nd Street, and from Ninth Avenue to the east side of 11th Avenue. Landlords would pay based on a formula that takes into account the square footage, assessed value and type of property.

But that proposed area would include the eastern half of Related's 26-acre development. Related feels the boundaries of the BID should be redrawn to exclude it, as the company sees its project as benefiting less than the buildings that border the park. "We are supportive of the creation of a BID to provide enhanced services to the new neighborhood and maintain the new Hudson Park and Boulevard, funded by the properties that border it and will primarily benefit," a spokeswoman for Related said in a written statement.

Related also owns another West Side property near the new park and within the boundaries of the BID that it believes would be fair. Related is willing to make contributions to the BID for those properties but not for those in Hudson Yards.

Other landlords in the area argue that tenants in Hudson Yards are sure to use the new park to the north as well as the open space in Related's project. "When a person walks up to one open space, they're not going to see artificial boundaries," says Joe Restuccia, the executive director of Clinton Housing Development Company, a nonprofit housing developer in the area who is on the BID steering committee. "The whole thing is one whole—it's meant to be seamless and Related should be part of it."

On its website for its rail yards development, Related touts the "broad tree-lined parks and open space" planned for the new park in a list of public investments in the area that the website calls "especially beneficial for Hudson Yards."

Other properties will clearly see a big benefit from being even closer to the new park than the Related site. For example, Moinian Group's site sits directly on the new park.

"As opposed to having a roadway, our building is directly on the park. The east side retail opens up directly onto the park," Mr. Brecher says.


Nonetheless, Mr. Brecher says his position is that Related should contribute on the same basis as other landlords. He points out that the deal Related got when it was named developer of Hudson Yards includes "both ups and downs," and the company's contention that its site should be viewed differently than other landlords isn't an argument that "holds water."

ablerock Jun 3, 2013 4:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 6150973)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...445893184.html

Balking Over Public Space
Related Cos. Seeks to Opt Out of Paying for New Park on Border of Hudson Yards.



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So are these complaining companies proposing that they'll then share the bill for Related's exclusive portion of the park in return?

I understand at a basic logic level why they're saying that costs should be shared since everyone benefits. But if Related is already footing the entire bill for the 2 largest blocks of open space in the contiguous "park" (if one includes the west half), they're already contributing to it in a substantial way. Perhaps more so than any other company.

And then, since we're going down that thought line, do all these companies have to pay for the High Line now? It's all connected. Coach should probably pay for the High Line because it's leading so many people to its flagship and headquarters, right?

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As an outsider, I'm unaware: How often is this the model in NYC, that private companies be tapped pay maintenance fees for public spaces?

mrnyc Jun 5, 2013 1:06 PM

yesterday

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ILNY Jul 14, 2013 2:36 PM

Ventilation buildings.

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chris08876 Jul 21, 2013 1:47 AM

How many towers are going up in total (Both Phases)?

mrnyc Jul 21, 2013 2:49 AM

ilny -- thx so much for those #7 subway extension vent bldg pics. those are great -- i put some up, but they kind of sucked. did you happen to get up close and notice the tiling on the southern vent next to the yards? that surprized me quite a bit, pretty fancy. not sure if the northern bldg has that? i suppose it does too.

Eidolon Jul 24, 2013 12:01 PM

Hudson site woos Sotheby’s
By LOIS WEISS
July 23, 2013

Quote:

Stephen Ross of Related Cos. is bidding on Sotheby’s 500,000 square-foot building at 1334 York Ave., with a proposal that includes snagging them as a tenant for his Hudson Yards project.

The proposed 1031 tax-free exchange would have Sotheby’s buy — and perhaps partially lease — several hundred thousand square feet in the 750,000 square-foot retail podium that connects the first two office towers at Hudson Yards.

The scheme is modeled on Related’s deal with Coach for offices in the South Tower and the ongoing talks with Time Warner for the North Tower, with Related buying their current buildings.

Douglas Harmon and Adam Spies of Eastdil Secured are marketing Sotheby’s building, while Peter Riguardi and Alexander Chudnoff of Jones Lang LaSalle are leading the new office search. All parties declined to comment.
Sotheby's would be a good addition to the Hudson Yards neigbourhood and It would be interesting to see what Related does with 1334 York, it could easily be the site of yet another slender +200M residential tower. :yes:

chris08876 Jul 27, 2013 6:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eidolon (Post 6208300)
Hudson site woos Sotheby’s
By LOIS WEISS
July 23, 2013



Sotheby's would be a good addition to the Hudson Yards neigbourhood and It would be interesting to see what Related does with 1334 York, it could easily be the site of yet another slender +200M residential tower. :yes:

Would they demolish 1334 York? The site is actually quite nice or would they simply add an extension ontop of the existing place? Hopefully something could be worked with the current site; maybe us it as a base or podium for a 200m+.

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ILNY Jul 28, 2013 4:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 6204857)
ilny -- thx so much for those #7 subway extension vent bldg pics. those are great -- i put some up, but they kind of sucked. did you happen to get up close and notice the tiling on the southern vent next to the yards? that surprized me quite a bit, pretty fancy. not sure if the northern bldg has that? i suppose it does too.

Yes, the tiling looks good. Northern building does not have it.

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Few more from the site.

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NYguy Aug 1, 2013 8:37 PM

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2013...-for-teenagers

Hudson Yards Park Will Have Playground for Teenagers


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By Mathew Katz
July 31, 2013


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Teenagers are getting a playground to call their own in a new park that will rise as part of the massive Hudson Yards development.

The teen play space will feature a large jungle gym with ropes, along with spinning "centrifuges" similar to ones popular with teenagers in Union Square Park, according to the latest version of the plan. The equipment is all designed to be big enough for teenagers to climb.

"I think it's really important because teens, a lot of the time, don't have spaces to go," said Erica Baptiste, community planner for Community Board 4, which requested the dedicated space for teenagers based on feedback from local residents. "At least they can go here and it's actually designed with them in mind."

The playground is part of a four-block open space in Hudson Yards called Hudson Park and Boulevard, running from West 33rd Street to West 37th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. designed the park, including the teen play space, with input from Community Board 4.

The northernmost section of the new park, which will contain the teen playground along with a play area for toddlers and some all-ages swings and benches, will cost $35 million. "We're told young teenage girls, ages 13 to 16, love swings, so they put a a swing set there," Baptiste said. While the toddler play space will only be open to children and the adults accompanying them, the teen area will be open to anyone.

No timeline has been set for the new park space because it is dependent on the completion of the surrounding Hudson Yards development. The project's first buildings won't be complete until at least 2015.

Community Board 4 decided to support a new space for teenagers after facing some criticism for asking the Parks Department to get rid of a basketball court popular with local teens at Ramon Aponte Park in an upcoming renovation, replacing it with a so-called "Stroller Center."

Baptiste said those criticisms were heard in the board's approach to this park, which will be built specifically with teens in mind. "The way they designed it, it's inviting to a lot of different users, not just teens — but we wanted to make sure they had a space," she said.

The entire Block 4 section of the park is a new addition to the original plan. Until a few months ago, the park was going to be only three blocks long, but board members won a fourth from the city after demanding a replacement for the roughly 20,000 square feet of public space that will be taken by an expanded plan for the Hudson Yard Culture Shed.

While the new park will be surrounded by the soaring skyscrapers of Hudson Yards, Community Board 4 wanted to make sure it was accessible to the larger Hell's Kitchen community. An original plan — rejected by the board — would have had dense, plant-covered areas surrounding it, similar to Teardrop Park in Battery Park City. Instead, the board asked for the park space to be more visible.

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MORE INFO ON THE PARK AND BOULEVARD, WHICH THE WRITER IS UNAWARE OF
http://www.hydc.org/html/project/hudson-park.shtml


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Duck From NY Aug 2, 2013 8:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 6218403)
Hudson Yards Park Will Have Playground for Teenagers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTPxEwfNTJc&t=0m28s

Jokes aside, it's always nice to see the wants of the family-minded taken into account in Manhattan.

mrnyc Aug 3, 2013 12:18 AM

yeah seriously, this is actually important. teens need places where its ok to be and they can be monitored. nice that they were thought of in the context of something like this, because usually they are ignored.

NYguy Aug 4, 2013 11:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 6220006)
yeah seriously, this is actually important. teens need places where its ok to be and they can be monitored. nice that they were thought of in the context of something like this, because usually they are ignored.

Now, the trick is to get something going on so that teenagers actually want to be there.


Quote:

The northernmost section of the new park, which will contain the teen playground along with a play area for toddlers and some all-ages swings and benches, will cost $35 million. "We're told young teenage girls, ages 13 to 16, love swings, so they put a a swing set there," Baptiste said.
I don't know how accurate that is about the swings, but I'm no teenager either.

Perklol Aug 5, 2013 7:08 AM

There is way too much green space in my opinion. Hopefully it doesn't look similar to Columbus, which is a complete mess.

chris08876 Aug 5, 2013 5:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6221734)
There is way too much green space in my opinion. Hopefully it doesn't look similar to Columbus, which is a complete mess.

The whole area of development isn't just going to be confined to the rail yards. While the main phases will, there will also be dozens of non hudson yard developments near the site. I think the park or green space is appropriate because this will become essentially like Midtown 2.0. What they're planning and building along with the plethora of developments which will sprout over the next couple of years is bigger then most downtowns out there. Green space allows for people to relax, reduce stress, plus it adds some variety and doesn't make the area boring. Especially for those who want to maybe take a laptop or a book and chill there for several hours ;).

hunser Aug 12, 2013 9:49 PM

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mrnyc Aug 16, 2013 6:30 PM

just to tease everybody
here is a bit of surveying work i saw this morning
on the westernmost section of the railyards


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ILNY Aug 18, 2013 7:07 PM

From yesterday.


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Alxx611 Aug 20, 2013 4:33 AM

AIA Exhibit
 
There's a really cool exhibit at the (AIA) American Institute of Architect's Center for Architecture, on the Hudson Yards Project. It started May 1 and runs to Sept 2. Really cool models, images, and info on the project and main 4 towers being built.

The Center for Architecture is located at 536 LaGuardia Place.

Here's a couple of pics I took that will make you wanna go.

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vkristof Aug 25, 2013 7:08 PM

Photo taken 8/23/2013 posted by Funkyskunk2

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mrnyc Sep 2, 2013 2:12 AM

ermagerhd the new crane is up!

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ILNY Sep 9, 2013 2:45 AM

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ablerock Oct 29, 2013 4:05 PM

Artist/Designer for Hudson Yards' public plaza has been chosen. Up to $75 million budget. Can't wait to see this.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...63991213734098

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Aiming for an Artistic 'Icon'
Developer Stephen Ross Selects Designer Thomas Heatherwick for Public Art Piece

By JENNIFER MALONEY and ELIOT BROWN
Oct. 28, 2013

Developer Stephen Ross has selected the British artist and designer Thomas Heatherwick to create what could be one of the most expensive works of public art in the world, in the hopes of establishing a must-see attraction at the heart of his $15 billion Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side.Mr. Heatherwick, known for visually spectacular creations such as the Olympic cauldron at the 2012 London Games, will work with landscape architect Thomas Woltz to design a 4-acre public space with, at its center, a large-scale artwork that the developer's website describes as "a new icon for the city."

It isn't clear what the artwork will look like, though a person familiar with the matter said it would have a "gathering" theme. But it will be expensive: Mr. Ross, chairman of builder Related Cos., has told friends and associates the company intends to spend as much as $75 million on the centerpiece and surrounding public space.

It will be the focal point of the public plaza for Related's Hudson Yards project, a planned cluster of office skyscrapers and high-rise apartments meant to remake Manhattan's West Side. Related intends to move ahead with the infrastructure under the plaza and other planned buildings early next year.

People familiar with the project said the design for the public space would draw inspiration from great urban plazas such as New York's Rockefeller Center or Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate a new kind of public space into the fabric of the city and to add another layer to New York's rich cultural heritage," Mr. Heatherwick said in a statement confirming his involvement.

His creation, combined with the adjacent Culture Shed, a planned exhibition space, could serve as a northern anchor for a new cultural corridor emerging along the West Side. Pedestrians would eventually be able to walk along the elevated High Line park from Hudson Yards through Chelsea's gallery district to the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District, opening in 2015.

No public-art programs are currently planned around the Heatherwick piece, but Culture Shed events next door—such as sculpture exhibitions or concerts—might sometimes spill over into the space, according to a person familiar with the plans. Mr. Ross serves on Culture Shed's board of trustees.

Kate Levin, the city's cultural affairs commissioner and a Culture Shed board member, didn't respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Ross was intensely involved in the selection of an artist to develop a vision for the public space at the core of the development. He personally solicited ideas from such high-profile artists as Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Maya Lin and Richard Serra, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Mr. Koons and Ms. Lin didn't respond to requests for comment. Mr. Kapoor couldn't be reached. Mr. Serra said that at his meeting with Mr. Ross, he told the developer he wasn't "up for" submitting a plan at the same time others were vying for the work, explaining that his process is to see a site and work with engineers as he develops an idea.

According to Mr. Serra, Mr. Ross said, "Will you at least make me a sketch?" Mr. Serra said he declined, saying that wasn't how he worked, and Mr. Ross, disappointed, got up and left the room, ending the meeting.

Chicago's Millennium Park, one of the few other such large-scale public-art projects in the U.S., could offer a guide.

The 25-acre park built at the edge of downtown Chicago a decade ago invested heavily in public art, spending $17 million on Jaume Plensa's "Crown Fountain," marked by giant LED screens that display faces of Chicagoans, and $23 million on "Cloud Gate," a bean-shaped sculpture by Mr. Kapoor around which crowds gather to see their reflections.

"When you look at what it's done for Chicago, it was a small price to pay," said Edward Uhlir, the executive director of the Millennium Park foundation.

Mr. Uhlir said the park sought artwork that was interactive—such as "Cloud Gate"—because "people come back time after time to experience it again and again."

London, meanwhile, added a new landmark to its skyline for the 2012 Olympics with a 376-foot-high, roller-coaster-like tower created by Mr. Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond, at a cost of $36.6 million.

Mr. Heatherwick is an artist, designer and architect. His projects include a pedestrian bridge that curls up when not in use, London's new double-decker bus and a pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo that resembled a sea urchin, covered in spiky acrylic rods.

His work upends expectations and ranges from utilitarian to fantastical, said Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art.

"It's about magic," she said. "He's so good at spectacle. That's his ideal dimension."

Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of Public Art Fund, a nonprofit that presents public art in New York, said he was pleased to hear that Mr. Heatherwick's art installation would be integrated with the design of the plaza—a good approach, he said, to thinking about important civic spaces.

"I think all the great public spaces in New York City have come along with a big price tag. You know, building Central Park, Rockefeller Center," he said, "you can't do it out of cotton candy."
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Perklol Oct 29, 2013 8:09 PM

Not impressive.

ablerock Oct 30, 2013 2:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6319780)
Not impressive.

Ha!

Ok, I'll bite. :)

Not impressive because...?

ILNY Nov 11, 2013 4:47 AM

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mrnyc Nov 17, 2013 10:57 PM

working night and day around the railyards


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mrnyc Jan 14, 2014 1:43 AM

parky

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incredible!

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Perklol Jan 15, 2014 8:39 PM

Not sure how to link this article/entry but if someone could help that would be nice

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...eader_comments

vkristof Jan 15, 2014 9:28 PM

"break ground on the platform this month"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6407975)
Not sure how to link this article/entry but if someone could help that would be nice

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...eader_comments

I think you're trying to link to the two-week-old TheReal Deal article
Quote:

Hudson Yards retail gets underway, with construction and marketing set to begin at Far West Side site this month
http://therealdeal.com/issues_articl...gets-underway/
which was the source for the curbedny blurb.

The recent stories have been consistently mentioning a groundbreaking ceremony this month (~2 weeks left), including the two-day old Toronto Globe and Mail article (Oxford Properties Group is Toronto based):

Quote:

The companies will break ground on the platform over the eastern rail yard this month. This time next year every building in the eastern section of the development will be under construction. Once the eastern rail yard is completed in 2018, the companies will begin building a second deck over the western rail yard.
I'm hoping they use those vertical caisson drills as part of the ground breaking (as backdrop), as they did for the December 2012 10 Hudson Yards groundbreaking. Or maybe they'll get their special drill rig on RR wheels in the next few weeks...

Two of the existing, tracked, drills are on the right side of this mrnyc photo; the 3rd one is in the distance near the 10th Ave ramp. The drills were used to create the secant pile which is the support-of-excavation for the Amtrak Gateway tunnel box to access the bedrock under the rail yard soil/fill:
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mrnyc http://s1340.photobucket.com/user/NY...hlb3b.jpg.html

Perklol Feb 13, 2014 5:35 PM

Thank you vristof.

Also, is there any news of Hudson Blvd. park? I thought there would be some info here but maybe its still under construction.

vkristof Feb 13, 2014 8:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6450508)
Thank you vristof.

Also, is there any news of Hudson Blvd. park? I thought there would be some info here but maybe its still under construction.

It is still under construction. Hudson Blvd Park will appear in photos of the current state of 55 Hudson Yards or 3 Hudson Blvd.

For example, SSP's ILNY posted a bunch of photos of the Hudson Blvd Park adjacent to the future 55 Hudson Yards site (currently the vent building for the 34th St #7 subway station) in this post:

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...&postcount=187
This photo is looking east along 33rd St, the under-construction park/subway entrance headhouse is on the left. This Hudson Blvd Park section between 33rd & 34th streets should open 1st because it contains the only current 34th station entrance & the station is supposed to open in the second half of this year:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/1...015bd7cb_b.jpg

mrnyc Mar 27, 2014 1:40 AM

yesterday

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Perklol Mar 27, 2014 2:15 AM

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Originally Posted by ablerock (Post 6320703)
Ha!

Ok, I'll bite. :)

Not impressive because...?

Oops! Sorry for the late reply but here's why.

I still have a hard time believing that swarms of people will visit this place for a sculpture and mall. The new (deep) subway extension will help somewhat. Also the High Line park will help but who else will come visit when all is finished?

I don't think the sculpture will be as impressive as they say.

WestSideGuy Mar 27, 2014 4:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6513690)
Oops! Sorry for the late reply but here's why.

I still have a hard time believing that swarms of people will visit this place for a sculpture and mall. The new (deep) subway extension will help somewhat. Also the High Line park will help but who else will come visit when all is finished?

I don't think the sculpture will be as impressive as they say.

You said it yourself, the 7 line extension and the Highline just for starters. What about all the office workers? Plus all the residential that will be part of Phase 1. The upscale mall will be a draw, it will also include a movie cinema. It also isn't far from Penn Station and the ACE. I think this neighborhood will be fine.

Submariner Mar 27, 2014 9:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6513690)
Oops! Sorry for the late reply but here's why.

I still have a hard time believing that swarms of people will visit this place for a sculpture and mall. The new (deep) subway extension will help somewhat. Also the High Line park will help but who else will come visit when all is finished?

I don't think the sculpture will be as impressive as they say.

The large amount of office space (the large north and south towers already have anchor tenants) plus the 7 line extension will do more than enough to encourage people to travel to the west side.

DCReid Mar 28, 2014 12:34 AM

Neiman eyes HY for first NYC store:

http://nypost.com/2014/03/27/neiman-...move-into-nyc/

Perklol Mar 28, 2014 12:55 AM

^

Quote:

While that looks attractive versus comparable rents around Manhattan, word of the deal has drawn skepticism from some insiders, who have balked at the site’s relatively remote and inaccessible location near the corner of 30th St. and 10th Ave.

“They had to find somebody from Dallas who didn’t understand New York real estate,” quipped one New York property insider. “They think ladies are going to get in a cab to go shop when they can walk to Fifth Avenue?”

Indeed, competitors including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and even Paris-based Galeries Lafayette have all taken a look at Hudson Yards and passed, according to sources.
NY post

Should Related be worried?

WestSideGuy Mar 28, 2014 2:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6515330)
^

NY post

Should Related be worried?

I wouldn't be worried if I was Related. That comment is commercial real estate sour grapes. Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards is a Game Changer. They are getting the space between $30-40 a square foot. It will be a success.

Crawford Mar 28, 2014 2:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6515330)

Should Related be worried?

Related is making an absolute killing on Hudson Yards. Why would they be worried?

I mean, Neiman Marcus as an anchor for the retail space? You can't get much better than that.

And there's no Neiman Marcus within 20 miles of Manhattan, so they will make huge money.

chris08876 Mar 29, 2014 5:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crawford (Post 6515443)
Related is making an absolute killing on Hudson Yards. Why would they be worried?

I mean, Neiman Marcus as an anchor for the retail space? You can't get much better than that.

And there's no Neiman Marcus within 20 miles of Manhattan, so they will make huge money.

True. People tend to go into the city for the department stores when it comes to shopping. Hell, I do too. You can find stuff there that is hard to find in any suburban place or small city without looking hard for it. This will be a success neighborhood wise in drawing people. Right next to Penn Station, with the daytime population of the surrounding square miles in excess of 100,000 or more, this will be a crowded place. Not to mention the surrounding residential towers popping like bamboo all over he West Side. The fashion show also I believe is in the area or will be eventually, pushing its publicity even higher. Lets not forget about tourism too. This area will be hot like Nevada :).

mrnyc Mar 29, 2014 9:45 AM

since it was brought up -- what is the size of this neiman marcus dept store of which we speak? do we know the sq footage yet? and if we know, how does that size rank among all their other stores? thx if you know. i was just thinking the size of the store might matter.


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