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. The neighborhood brings together dynamic art institutions, top-tier shopping and world-renowned restaurants, all set along historic tree-lined brownstone blocks. Unrivaled for its cultural offerings, visitors are lured to New York’s west side from around the globe to its hundreds of art galleries, as well as the High Line, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, the Joyce Theater and Chelsea Market.
And 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.
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THE CHELSEA GALLERY SCENE
The galleries of West Chelsea are just steps from Hudson Yards. 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 including Gagosian Gallery, Matthew Marks and David Zwirner are 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.
AN UPTOWN ICON MOVES DOWNTOWN
The Whitney Museum of American Art made international news when it left the Upper East Side to join the emerging art scene on the Cultural Coast. Set in a gleaming Renzo Piano building on Gansevoort Street at the southern tip of the High Line, it 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.
THE FUTURE OF LEARNING
Avenues: The World School sets students on the best path for success with their sought-after international private school blocks from Hudson Yards at 26th Street and 10th Avenue. The integrated bilingual curriculum — which utilizes world-class technology and the best instructors — teaches students in English and their choice of Spanish or Mandarin, from early learning through high school.