50 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,011 feet

February 17, 2021

Photo by Joe Woolhead for Related Companies

One of the largest office buildings in New York City officially topped out this month. The Foster + Partners-designed 50 Hudson Yards reached its 1,011-foot summit last week, becoming the city’s fourth-biggest office tower by square footage. Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, the 2.9 million-square-foot stone and glass structure completes phase one of the Hudson Yards mega-development.

In November 2019, Facebook signed a lease for 1.5 million square feet across three buildings, including 30 Hudson Yards, 55 Hudson Yards, and 50 Hudson Yards. The bulk of the tech company’s lease includes 1.2 million square feet at 50 Hudson Yards.

Asset management company BlackRock will occupy 970,000 square feet across 15 floors, leaving about 25 percent of the office space at the building unleased. The developers expect 50 Hudson Yards to open next year.

“The topping out of 50 Hudson Yards, on schedule despite a global pandemic, underscores the incredible construction team who remained committed to robust safety precautions as they redefined the City skyline,” Bruce A. Beal Jr., president of Related Companies, said.

“New York City has long been one of the world’s centers of innovation and commerce and we know this city’s best days are still ahead, fueled by a new generation of modern office space that will continue to attract the best companies and talent.”

Rendering courtesy of Related Companies

Taking up a full block between Hudson Boulevard and Tenth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, the 58-story office tower will boast massive open floor plates ideal for “large trading floors and other collaborative work,” with space for 500 employees on each floor, according to a press release.

The lobby of the building, which faces the Hudson Yards public square and the 7 subway station, features two artworks by Frank Stella. Tenants will also benefit from its high ceilings and panoramic Hudson River views and amenities like a private porte-cochère, sky lobbies, and outdoor terraces.

Despite pandemic-related delays, commercial construction projects have continued. Nearby, Bjarke Ingels’ office tower the Spiral topped out last month at 66 Hudson Boulevard. The 1,301-foot-tall building contains 2.8 million square feet of office space and ground-floor retail. And late last year, One Vanderbilt, the 77-story skyscraper next to Grand Central, officially opened its doors.


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