In November, 2014, we reported that the 26-acre Hudson Yards mega-development had cost the city nearly $650 million in subsidies, coming straight out of the pockets of taxpayers. We also noted that it wasn’t going to stop there; a review by the city’s Independent Budget Office said even more would be needed through 2019 to complete the “next great commercial district.” And now the new figures are in. According to DNAinfo, the city will shell out an additional $368 million through 2019, bringing their total payout for Hudson Yards to more than $947 million.
Single building lovers, have no fear. Hudson Yards is happy to be your Valentine. As a marketing tactic, the entire project, along with all five of its towers, got profiles on the fake dating site Building Mingle.
15 Hudson Yards, the residential tower designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has a celeb crush on the Guggenheim and its great curves and describes his type as “Anyone who works with concrete and steel. I’m looking for stability.”; 10 Hudson Yards enjoys “When Harry Met Sally” (It’s a classic romantic comedy!); and 30 Hudson Yards is a little shallow and is looking for someone tall and slender who isn’t afraid of heights.
The idea of creating a glass observation deck is nothing new, but the Hudson Yards development wants to push the limits with a seemingly perilous glass-enclosed capsule 1,000 feet up in the sky. According to the NYP, the “thrill device” is modeled after the glass module located 350 feet above Royal Caribbean cruise ship Quantum of the Seas, but amped up with a tilting glass walkway. A detailed design of what will be the tallest observation deck in the city has yet to be revealed, but when Related Hudson Yards President Jay Cross spoke about it at the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate luncheon back in November, he said, “You can choose to pay for it separately and crap your pants.”
Hudson Yards rendering
Just yesterday, the city hailed the completion of the platform built over the west side rail yards that will support the Brookfield West development, a major component of Hudson Yards, the 26-acre development rising on the far west side. And while Brookfield will boast a two-acre park plaza, two 60-plus-story high rises and other public commercial space, it’s important to note that $7 million was spent just on designing and producing a special machine called “The Launcher” to lift the 56,000-ton concrete slabs to build the platform.
This is just one of many substantial costs in the mammoth Hudson Yards project, for which the city will have paid nearly $650 million in subsides by the end of this fiscal year, money that, over the past ten years, has come straight from the pockets of taxpayers. And that’s not all; according to a review by the city’s Independent Budget Office, even more will be needed through 2019 to complete the “next great commercial district.”
Manhattan-based owner/developer Sherwood Equities has sold multiple Hudson Yards parcels to Tishman-Speyer for $200 million, reports Jeffrey Katz, Sherwood president, in a press release today.
The sites are situated at the southeast corner of West 34th Street and Hudson Yards Boulevard, and at West 35th Street and Tenth Avenue, and neighbors another parcel purchased by Tishman-Speyer from the Rosenthal family. The WSJ reports the total deal rings up at $438 million.
The combined parcels will allow Tishman-Speyer to develop a 2.25 million-square-foot, full-square-block office building, which could become the tallest structure in the United States at 1,800-feet tall. The unbuilt tower has already been christened the Hudson Spire.
Downtown perfumery Bond No. 9 has just released their latest fragrance — a perfume created to embody the spirit of one of the biggest development projects currently underway: the Hudson Yards.
Though the name will most likely make you think of a sweaty construction site, apparently Hudson Yards the fragrance isn’t as stomach-churning as it sounds. See some video reactions after the break.