Where to Live, Eat, Drink & Hang Out in NYC's Hottest Neighborhood, Hudson Yards

By Mark Ellwood | February 21, 2017 | Home & Real Estate

Hudson Yards emerges on the West Side of the city as the hottest new place to be!

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Hudson Yards is a monumental new project on Manhattan’s West Side between 30th and 34th Streets. It repurposes the former rail yards here as a mixed-use neighborhood that’s set to feature several skyscrapers with around 4,000 new homes for New Yorkers. Here’s what makes it one of NYC’s hottest places to live—and practically a city unto itself.

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LUXURY LIVING
The Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed tower 15 Hudson Yards (212-385-1515) will be the first residential space to open in the neighborhood, combining 285 for-sale units. The on-site amenities are impressive: a huge branch of Equinox, a beauty bar for last-minute blow-outs, and a new collection of restaurants curated by Michelin star-hogging chef Thomas Keller. (Of course, residents will get priority reservations.) At the 33-story development Abington House (505 W. 29th St., 646-582-2330), chic Mid-century Modern design prevails, but superstar designer Clodagh, known for her eco-minded work, conceived many of the amenities. At the gym, the walls are decorated with images of pixelated birch forests, and wooden stools keep energy flows optimal amid the electromagnetic fields generated by workout machines.

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A future vision of the neighborhood surrounding the High Line.

BEST EATERIES
To create Shipping & Receiving (333 W. 33rd St.), celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani and her husband, Ryan, transformed an erstwhile loading dock (hence the name) into a cheery parking spot for top-tier food trucks as well as an alfresco dining area. Hudson Yards is also serving up a new, larger outpost of East Village favorite Whitman’s (500 W. 30th St., 212-228-0811). But don’t worry, the Juicy Lucy—a Minnesota-style sandwich with pimento cheese inside rather than on top of the patty—is still on the menu.

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Top-flight amenities at Hudson Yards include Danny Meyer’s honky tonk joint, Porchlight.

COCKTAIL SPOTS
Restaurateur Michael Tzezailidis dubbed his double-fronted java and beer joint Death Avenue Brewing & Roasting (315 and 317 10th Ave., 212-695-8080). It’s a nod to the vintage nickname for 10th Avenue, once home to a dangerous freight railway called The Butcher that caused hundreds of pedestrian fatalities. The to-go caféneio serves coffee and snacks, while the bar and restaurant offer a full menu of house-brewed beers and homey favorites. Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s first stand-alone bar project, Porchlight (271 11th Ave., 212-981- 6188), is a loving pastiche of a dive bar in the Deep South. Grab a rocking chair in the corner and while away an evening nibbling on peanut hummus or sipping tipples such as Gunmetal Blue, a margarita-like cocktail tinted with blue curaçao.

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ARTS & OUTDOORS
A 14-acre strip of green space snaking between 10th and 11th Avenues, the Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards is intended to be the area’s communal backyard, complete with built-in benches and chairs for picnics and a children’s playground. It will also be home to the area’s huge anchor artwork, Vessel, by British starchitect Thomas Heatherwick. The cultural hub Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 W. 37th St., 646-731-3200)—opened in 2005 by its namesake dancer and Sex and the City alum Mikhail—is known for adventurous programming like adult-aimed puppet shows or concerts by performance art guitarist Stanley Jordan.

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A new Neiman Marcus that will anchor the area’s shop offerings.

FASHION STATEMENT
The Shed space at Hudson Yards is earmarked as the future home of New York Fashion Week, so it’s fitting that Neiman Marcus would debut its first-ever NYC store here—a three-level, 250,000-square-foot fashion temple opening next year. It will anchor an enormous luxury mall, rubbing elbows with fellow tenants like Tory Burch, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman.



Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE FREIHON/TUNGSTEN LLC (ABINGTON HOUSE); COURTESY OF RELATED-OXFORD (15 HUDSON YARDS). OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY
STEVE FREIHON/TUNGSTEN LLC (ABINGTON HOUSE); PAUL WAGTOUICZ (PORCHLIGHT); COURTESY OF RELATED-OXFORD (HUDSON YARDS, NEIMAN MARCUS)