One year after breaking ground, the Hudson Yards development is beginning to take shape, but it's just one piece to the puzzle of what will be a major transformation of Manhattan's far West Side. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Hudson Yards is a hub of activity these days. For now, it's the largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan covering 30th Street to 34th Street, from Tenth Avenue to the West Side Highway. But it is well on its way to undergoing a transformation that is sure to shock many longtime residents.
"Well, they certainly won't recognize this neighborhood, it's going to be so profoundly changed," said Related Hudson Yards President Jay Cross.
The first tower to open on the site will be 10 Hudson Yards, a combination of retail and office space. It will open in 2015 and the most complicated part of construction for the building is already accomplished, building the foundation and the complex lower floors. Now it's about building vertically up to 52 stories.
"We pour the walls, then we build the scaffolding, and we put the floor in and then we go on top of that floor again, pour the walls and put the scaffolding in," said Dean O'Connor, a site carpenter.
Hudson Yards will ultimately have 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, retail, and a school. It is a big part of the massive makeover on the far West Side but far from the only thing going on. A new section of the High Line which abuts 10 Hudson Yards is set to open next year. The ventilation tower of the 7 train extension can also be seen, which is coming next year too.
"You have Hudson Yards, you have the High Line, a renovated Javits Center, Moynihan Station, it is going to entirely change the West Side of Manhattan," said City Councilman-elect Corey Johnson.
Work is also under way on space for a tunnel being built underneath Hudson Yards to handle increased train traffic in the future. That will be completed by the end of this year. Coming in January, work will begin on the platform to cover the exposed tracks.
"When we start the deck we are effectively building the foundations for the retail complex and the north tower, the retail complex will open in late '17, the north tower will open in late '18, and with that all the public space," Cross said.
Once the first phase is complete construction will begin on the west side of the project which is expected to wrap up in 2024.