The six acres of new public space already built at Hudson Yards is home to thirty thousand plants native to New York all growing in a place with very little ground soil creating beautiful, green environments in the urban landscape out of minimal resources. A small “soil sandwich” encourages plants’ roots to grow wide and strong while a complex cooling system protects them from the heat of the train yard below. Also the rain is collected and reused, up to 30 million liters per year, reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emitted every year too. This is a great example of innovative, sustainable and smart urban planning for the future.
Edge Glass Floor from below. Courtesy of Relate Oxford
The High Line is a former central railroad which after being abandoned, in 2009 became a beautiful, modern, elevated linear park. It’s a greenway promenade focused on urban design and ecology. This leafy path starting in the Meatpacking district on West 13th flows into the newly renovated neighborhood of Hudson Yards. Adjacent to the High Line is the Shed, the art and culture center at the Bloomberg building – it looks like some sort of Brobdingnagian digital storage device. The building’s shell can open up, retracting on eight bogie wheels. A number of outstanding events have taken place at The Shed including New York Fashion Week, Icelandic pop star Björk played a series of concerts, New York Philharmonic performances, and many other one-of-a-kind events.
Edge Night. Courtesy of Relate Oxford
Finally, the shopping mall also known as The North Tower at 30 Hudson Yards serves as the entrance to Edge which claims to be the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. After 52 seconds in the elevator you land on this 700m2 platform over 330 meters skywards. The transparent glass floor lets you see all 100 stories down directly to the thrumming streets of Manhattan. It’s definitely not for those who suffer from vertigo! But for the adrenaline junkies, strap in for the ultimate skycrapping adventure: City Climb. This thrilling outdoor activity right above the deck involves climbing the crown of the 30 Hudson Yards building and leaning out over the edge. Sick! If after all that you need to chill, head to Peak, a fine-dining restaurant and champagne bar to enjoy the astonishing at your leisure.
It is well worth exploring what the new neighborhood has to offer and taking your appreciation of this iconic skyline to the next level.
Address: 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001, USA
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Tel: +1 332-204-8500
Text: Victor Moreno