Tuesday, March 11, 2008

3-11-08: Hudson Yards Development

Check out this website: http://www.brookfieldpropertieshudsonyards.com/

I found it off the NYC MTA website. It’s a concept design for the new development on the West Side Yards on Manhattan. Fascinating stuff. There are a bunch of really interesting design concepts on there.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, the rail yards are an eye sore on the west side of Manhattan, between 30th and 33rd Streets. It’s right next to the Jacob Javits Center, and it’s just a few blocks away from Penn Station. The MTA is currently in the early stages of choosing a developer, but my hope is that Brookfield wins this one. It looks really neat. Maybe it’s because they have the best website of the group, but the design still looks neat.

The other interesting part is that most of the concepts pay particular attention to sustainability. It’s good to see that New York is paying attention to a cleaner lifestyle, but I hope this isn’t going to be one of those utopian development plans. It’s just not realistic. The goal is to complete construction by 2013, so by 2020 we’ll probably see some good work done.

Still, fascinating stuff.


Martin said...

It's incredible that I've never heard this area called an eye sore by anyone who lives there. I live at 34th and 10th and now I get to see sky and the river when I leave my apartment. That goes away when this area is developed. What is an eye sore to me now is the mindless buildings being constructed in the area. Not to mention the 1,000 trucks a day that come barrelling out of the Lincoln tunnel every day. The quality of life of those that live and work in the area is quickly being eroded. No one seems to care about these things.

Pat said...

That's an interesting point, Martin. I won't argue against the view of a local. I was thinking more of the fact that the railyard is just a railyard; what is it really contributing? I do understand how the obstructed view is not desirable. What if they put a park there?