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NYguy Aug 4, 2013 11:47 AM


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.


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


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


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

ILNY Aug 18, 2013 7:07 PM

From yesterday.

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.

vkristof Aug 25, 2013 7:08 PM

Photo taken 8/23/2013 posted by Funkyskunk2

mrnyc Sep 2, 2013 2:12 AM

ermagerhd the new crane is up!

ILNY Sep 9, 2013 2:45 AM

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.


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

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."

Perklol Oct 29, 2013 8:09 PM

Not impressive.

ablerock Oct 30, 2013 2:25 PM


Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6319780)
Not impressive.


Ok, I'll bite. :)

Not impressive because...?

ILNY Nov 11, 2013 4:47 AM

mrnyc Nov 17, 2013 10:57 PM

working night and day around the railyards

mrnyc Jan 14, 2014 1:43 AM



Perklol Jan 15, 2014 8:39 PM

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

vkristof Jan 15, 2014 9:28 PM

"break ground on the platform this month"

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

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

Hudson Yards retail gets underway, with construction and marketing set to begin at Far West Side site this month
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):


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:

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


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:
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:

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