Gotham - - Contents - BY MARK ELLWOOD

Hud­son Yards emerges on the west side of the city as the hottest new place to be!

Hud­son Yards is a mon­u­men­tal new project on Man­hat­tan’s West Side be­tween 30th and 39th Streets. It re­pur­poses the for­mer rail yards here as a mixed-use neigh­bor­hood that’s set to fea­ture 16 sky­scrapers with at least 5,000 new homes for New York­ers. Here’s what makes it one of NYC’S hottest places to live—and prac­ti­cally a city unto it­self.


The Diller Scofidio + Ren­fro-de­signed tower 15 Hud­son Yards (212-3851515; live­hud­son­ will be the first residential space to open in the neigh­bor­hood, com­bin­ing more than 450 rental and for-sale units. The on-site ameni­ties are im­pres­sive: a huge branch of Equinox, a beauty bar for last-minute blow-outs, and a new restau­rant from Miche­lin star-hog­ging chef Thomas Keller. The restau­ra­teur will also of­fer res­i­dents pri­or­ity reser­va­tions at any of his other spots, mak­ing that French Laun­dry ta­ble a bit eas­ier to se­cure.

At the 33-story de­vel­op­ment Abing­ton House (505 W. 29th St., 646-5822330; re­lat­e­, chic Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern de­sign pre­vails, but su­per­star de­signer Clodagh, known for her eco-minded work, con­ceived many of the ameni­ties. At the gym, the walls are dec­o­rated with images of pix­e­lated birch forests, and wooden stools keep en­ergy flows op­ti­mal amid the elec­tro­mag­netic fields gen­er­ated by work­out ma­chines.


To cre­ate Ship­ping & Re­ceiv­ing (333 W. 33rd St.; ship­pin­gan­dreceiv­,

celebrity caterer Mary Gi­u­liani and her hus­band, Ryan, trans­formed an erst­while load­ing dock (hence the name) into a cheery park­ing spot for top-tier food trucks as well as an al­fresco din­ing area.

Hud­son Yards is also serv­ing up a new, larger out­post of East Vil­lage fa­vorite Whit­man’s (500 W. 30th St., 212-2280811; whit­ But don’t worry, the Juicy Lucy—a Min­nesota-style sand­wich with pi­mento cheese in­side rather than on top of the patty—is still on the menu. Restau­ra­teur Michael Tzeza­i­lidis dubbed his dou­ble-fronted java and beer joint Death Av­enue Brew­ing & Roast­ing (315 and 317 10th Ave., 212-695-8080; deathave .com). It’s a nod to the vin­tage nick­name for 10th Av­enue, once home to a dan­ger­ous freight rail­way called The Butcher that caused hun­dreds of pedes­trian fa­tal­i­ties. The to-go caféneio serves cof­fee and snacks, while the bar and restau­rant of­fer a full menu of house-brewed beers and homey fa­vorites.

Restau­ra­teur Danny Meyer’s first stand-alone bar project, Porch­light (271 11th Ave., 212-9816188; porch­light­, is a lov­ing pas­tiche of a dive bar in the Deep South. Grab a rock­ing chair in the cor­ner and while away an evening nib­bling on peanut hum­mus or sip­ping tip­ples such as Gun­metal Blue, a mar­garita-like cock­tail tinted with blue cu­raçao.


A four-acre strip of green space snaking be­tween 10th and 11th Av­enues, Hud­son Yards Park is in­tended to be the area’s com­mu­nal back­yard, com­plete with built-in benches and chairs for pic­nics and a chil­dren’s play­ground. It will also be home to the area’s huge an­chor art­work, Ves­sel, by Bri­tish star­chi­tect Thomas Heather­wick.

The cul­tural hub Barysh­nikov Arts Cen­ter (450 W. 37th St., 646-731-3200; bac­nyc .org)— opened in 2005 by its name­sake dancer and Sex and the City alum Mikhail—is known for ad­ven­tur­ous pro­gram­ming like adult-aimed pup­pet shows or con­certs


The Cul­ture Shed space at Hud­son Yards is ear­marked as the fu­ture home of New York Fash­ion Week, so it’s fit­ting that Neiman Mar­cus would de­but its first-ever NYC store here—a three-level, 250,000-square-foot fash­ion tem­ple open­ing next year. It will an­chor an enor­mous lux­ury mall (hud­son­yard­ shop­ping), rub­bing el­bows with fel­low ten­ants like Tory Burch, Coach, and Stu­art Weitz­man.

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