The Best Things to do at Hudson Yards

Sabrina
6. August 2019
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Hudson Yards in Manhattan is the newest neighborhood in the city. It’s pretty much a new city within the city once this project is completed in a few years. The view of the Manhattan skyline has changed since 2012. What’s used to be an area known for prostitution and drug businesses has been developed into a luxury multi-million-dollar complex full of new apartment buildings, a shopping mall, event space, and New York’s newest tourist attraction, The Vessel. 

Within the next couple of months and years, the area around Hudson Yards in New York City is going to be even more attractive for both tourists and locals. As of today, thousands of tourists are visiting daily to see the new neighborhood, especially in the summer. By the end of the year, there will be New Yorks highest observation deck called “The Edge”. In this article, we’ll provide you some of the best things to do at Hudson Yards.

What subway goes to Hudson Yards?

There are multiple ways to go to Hudson Yards. The 7 Train takes you from Midtown (Grand Central, 5th Ave or 42nd Street Times Square) right to Hudson Yards. If you’re heading there from NJ you could also take the ferry to Pier 83 on the West Side. Or you just walk to the Hudson Yards on the High Line which is now connected to the area as well.

Top 5 things to do in Hudson Yards

Top 5 Sights

  • 1 – The Vessel: Designed by Thomas Heatherwick (Designer of the”Rolling Bridge” and the UK Pavilions at the World  Expo 2010) “The Vessel” is challenging its visitors to climb 2.500 steps to the top to enjoy a great aerial view of the Hudson Yards (Hudson Yards, Subway 7).
  • 2 – The Shops at Hudson Yards: New York’s super mall at Hudson Yards is the new retail mecca in Midtown Manhattan with 7 levels of high-end shops and restaurants (Hudson Yards, Subway 7).
  • 3 – Mercardo Little Spain Foodmarket: Enjoy the taste and lifestyle of Spain at this food market at Hudson Yards with farm stands, food stalls, bars and grocery stores (Hudson Yards, Subway 7).
  • 4 – High Line Park: Now connected to the area of Hudson Yards, the High Line park is always worth a visit to go for a walk on the elevated rail trail (Hudson Yards, Subway 7).
  • 5 – The Shed Event Center: They call it the new center of Arts in New York City. Come here to enjoy many cultural events like performances, films, design, food, fashion and lots of Arts of course (Hudson Yards, Subway 7).

Hudson Yards location, development & apartments

As of today, there are 5 towers at Hudson Yards. They are all located in the same area in Midtown Manhattan. Hudson Yards was developed very close to the West Side Highway by the Hudson River. The Hudson Yards towers are impressively looking. It’s a modern, confident and proud New York that was built here. The costs of $25 Billion caused a lot of criticism in the local community. Some would call it a “fake, luxury world”, that’s not needed and only changes the skyline to the worst.

Steve Ross, the developer of Hudson Yards, is chasing exactly the idea of creating a new fancy, golden looking city within the city of New York. A place where wealthy people feel comfortable spending their time.  A place to live, shop and dine all at the same time. If you own or rent an apartment at Hudson Yards, you don’t have to leave the place to get anything you want. That’s the idea.

If you wondering what kind of companies are having their headquarters at Hudson Yards: Companies and people like marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerMedia, CNN, SAP, Warner Bros., and L’Oreal are having their offices at Hudson Yards now.

Future Hudson Yards Towers

Within the next couple of years, there will be 16 high rise buildings at Hudson Yards. According to the plan of the developers, 2024 Hudson Yards will be finished. By then there will be 20.000 housing units, two million square feet (190,000 m2) of hotel space, a 750-seat public school, one million square feet (93,000 m2) of retail and more than 20 acres (8 ha) of public open space that covers an entire avenue and stretches four city blocks.

By 2024, when Hudson Yards is scheduled to be completed, it is expected to have around 125.000 daily residents, visitors, and office workers. That’s a tremendous amount of visitors every day for the newly developed area in  Midtown West.

Highlights at Hudson Yards

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

Vessel in den Hudson Yards Tour

The Vessel is the newest attraction in the city and offers its visitors a climb of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs. Standing 150 feet tall the structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick offers views of the Hudson Yards area, Midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River facing New Jersey.

If you want to visit the Vessel, advance tickets to enter it are available online for free. But since the Vessel is the hotspot in the city right now, lines are long and the two-week reservation window is often booked. You can try to get your tickets the same day, which are being released each morning at 9:30. Read more about the Vessel in New York here.

Walking tours at Hudson Yards

The Hudson Yards are up and coming. If you don’t want to miss anything on the newest neighborhood consider taking one of the great walking tours at Hudson Yards.

High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour

During this 2 hours guided tour, you’ll explore everything from the High Line Park to Hudson Yards.  Find out interesting insights about the construction of Hudson Yards and what makes it so special for New York City.

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Secrets of the High Line

Start this tour at 20 Hudson Yards for a stroll on the High Line to Chelsea Market. There’s so much to see in the area from stunning art installations to iconic buildings both old and new.

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The Shops at Hudson Yards

Im Inneren der Hudson Yards Mall

The Shops at Hudson Yards is a fancy 1 million square feet retail space / Shopping Mall at Hudson Yards. You can find a brand new Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Forty-Five Ten, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Dior and a Piaget store right next to many more luxury stores. But there’s also a Sephora, Lululemon, Tumi, and H&M for the mainstream customers. Here’s an overview of all shops at the Hudson Yards Mall. 

Food Market: Mercado Little Spain

Mercado Little Spain NYC

Mercado Little Spain, the Colossal José Andrés Hudson Yards Food Hall inside the Shops at Hudson Yards is your place to go when you like to enjoy a little bit of the European Spanish culture and traditions.

Created by José Andrés and Ferran and Albert Adrià, three superstar chefs considered to be some of the most highly influential figures in Spanish cuisine Mercado Little Spain is our insider tip at Hudson Yards. Find out more about the newest food market in  New York City here.

The Shed at Hudson Yards

The Shed Hudson YardsDesigned by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the $475 million arts center is awaited to host great events like the New York Fashion Week and will be used as a theater and a gallery space. The Shed is one of a kind when it comes to its design and is created to be a new cultural institution in New York City. In case you’re interested in one of the events happening at the Shed, make sure to check out their website to secure your tickets in advance online.

The High Line Park

High Line im Mai in NYC

Now connected to Hudson Yards the beloved High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. Famous for its amazing views of the sunset, the park that was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side is a must-do while visiting Hudson Yards. Take a stroll down to the Meatpacking District and enjoy the views of the city.

Shopping at Hudson Yards

The Shops Hudson Yards Mall Eingang

With the new massive mall, Hudson Yards has become the new shopping destination in Midtown. The 7 level mall “The Shops at Hudson Yards as well as the food market Mercado Little Spain offer a variety of shopping options at Hudson Yards.

We are sure that in the near future there will be even more shopping options for the Hudson Yards visitors and residents since the area is still a work in progress.

Once you head over to the High Line Park, there’s a lot of local artists that are selling all different kinds of products along the elevated railroads.

Restaurants, Bars and Coffee Shops at Hudson Yards

Inside the mall “The Shops at Hudson Yards” there are a lot of well-selected restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The dining options at Hudson Yards are endless. Check out restaurants acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller, David Chang, Estiatorio Milos, and more, alongside Chef José Andrés’ Mercado Little Spain, a 35,000-square-foot Spanish food hall.

Nearby neighborhoods

Did you like exploring Hudson Yards? Then take a look at Midtown, Lower Manhattan and The Meatpacking District. Read about them below.

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