Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in the history of the United States, will soon be home to the smartest park in town. New York’s newest elevated park, designed by the award winning firm Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, will be unlike any other park in the city. With jet engines, super chilled roots, smart soil and advanced irrigation, the Hudson Yards Public Square will include 28,000 shrubs and over 200 trees to create an urban oasis that will be visited by birds, bees and more than 24 million people every year. Hudson Yards is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group.
Sitting at the nexus of the High Line, Hudson River Park and the soon-to-open Hudson Park & Boulevard, the 4.5-acre Hudson Yards Public Square will be at the center of an extensive new interconnected park system on Manhattan’s West Side. In addition to a seamless link to the High Line, the Hudson Yards Public Square will house almost a mile of pedestrian walkways and nearly 30,000 diverse plants, including groves of more than 200 mature trees designed to reflect the ecology of Manhattan. The Public Square will contain thousands of native New York perennials and wildflowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
“Our aspiration for the Public Square at Hudson Yards is that it will become one of most celebrated gathering places with something for everyone. We felt it was very important to not only learn from the past, but to also look to the future, and we focused our energy on every detail that makes a great public space an inviting experience,” said Jay Cross, president of Related Hudson Yards. “Not only is Hudson Yards creating a new epicenter in Midtown Manhattan, but it also sits at the nexus of a network of parks that will run all the way from the Meatpacking District to Times Square. Twenty years from now we hope that, like Trafalgar Square in London and Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, the Public Square at Hudson Yards will also be on the list of the great meeting places of the world.”
“Parks and open spaces define neighborhoods and become an important connection for the surrounding communities. For Manhattan’s West Side, the Hudson Yards Public Square will serve as the main intersection, bringing all of New York City’s West Side parks and neighborhoods together,” said Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. “The design of the Public Square at Hudson Yards prompted unprecedented innovation and deep collaboration across disciplines, including soil science, horticulture and landscape architecture. What has emerged is a project that will serve as a model for 21st century urban spaces.”
The platform that sustains the landscape is a technological innovation. Serving as a ventilation cover over active rail yards, the platform is engineered to support extensive plantings and water features, as well as a large reservoir for site stormwater management and reuse, including:
**A new infographic detailing the unique attributes of the Hudson Yards Public Square is available at www.HudsonYardsNewYork.com/library/maps-and-graphics.
About Hudson Yards:
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The 28-acre site will include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops and restaurants including New York City’s first Neiman Marcus, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and a 200-room Equinox® branded luxury hotel—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. It is anticipated that more than 24 million people will visit Hudson Yards every year. For more information on Hudson Yards, please visit www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com.
Founded over 40 years ago, Related Companies is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, fund management, marketing and sales. The Company’s existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over $20 billion, is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi, London, São Paulo and Shanghai, and is well-known for having developed the 2.8 million square foot Time Warner Center in New York City and the 72-acre CityPlace in West Palm Beach as well as being a leader in green building. For more information, please visit www.related.com.
About Oxford Properties Group:
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,700 employees and over $34 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, and the company's portfolio includes approximately 56 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hotel properties. Oxford is the real estate arm of the OMERS Worldwide Group of Companies. For more information, please visit www.oxfordproperties.com.
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