LIFE ON THE CULTURAL COAST
Hudson Yards is in good company – because we’re surrounded by some of the most coveted neighborhoods in Manhattan: Chelsea, The Meatpacking District, The Garment District, Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown are either right next door or within easy reach.
At the center, Hudson Yards is becoming the newest New York neighborhood on the city’s west side. Those who live or work here will enjoy access to an array of options for culture, commerce and cuisine – both in and around Hudson Yards.
THE CHELSEA GALLERY SCENE
Through the years Chelsea has been known as an artistic enclave, and drawn cultural icons like Arthur Miller, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol to the neighborhood.
Today that legacy is expressed in more than 350 art galleries waiting to be discovered and discussed. You can explore any sort of medium – from digital to painting to sculpture – across different periods that focus on emerging local talent as well as internationally acclaimed artists.
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
The area’s newest art “gallery” is the Whitney Museum. The Whitney anchors the southern end of the High Line – a 63,000-square-foot space devoted to American art, with a special focus on living artists, and a range of contemporary and twentieth-century works from the past fifty years.
Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the “new” Whitney opened to the public on May 1, 2015.
DINING AND DISTRACTIONS
From Momofuku Nishi (Italian cuisine reinvented through Korean and Asian cooking styles) to Chelsea Market (a sprawling indoor food bazaar) to Death Avenue Brewing Company (stylish, rustic eatery and bar with a garden for outdoor seating), the neighborhood abounds with dining options – both formal and casual. Nightlife flourishes among Chelsea’s more than 100 eateries and pubs.
A range of entertainment includes Madison Square Garden (a 10-minute walk), as well as live music and theater at any number of neighborhood stages, black boxes and larger venues.
Hudson Yards will also be home to The Shed, a new center for artistic invention. When complete it will host live cultural events, and commission and present work by artists across multiple disciplines.
A NEW CENTER FOR BUSINESS
The influence of technology in this area can’t be understated. With the addition of Google’s new office, more than 300,000 people now work in New York tech sector. Today, New York is creating more tech jobs than Silicon Valley.
Hudson Yards has also attracted an impressive portfolio of legal, financial and communications firms who are drawn to new construction and the conveniences, amenities and transportation options this area affords.
This influx of companies and professionals is part of a trend to the new west side. As of 2016, 80 of the city’s 157 companies on the Forbes 500 are located below 42nd Street, with Hudson Yards fast becoming New York’s new financial center.
The neighboring Javits Center has been reimagined as a cutting edge facility where “New York meets the world.”
THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The No. 7 Subway extension is a primary conduit to or from Hudson Yards – it opened in September 2015 and connects to Times Square and the rest of the city. What’s more, the neighborhood offers countless connections to buses, rail, subway, roads and ferries.