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HIGH LINE PARK: PART III – MISSION COMPLETE

Lights, camera, action for the grand finale to what is arguably one of the most unique elements of New York City – The High Line. Since its 2009 debut, and after nearly 5 whole years of waiting with bated breath, the third, and final section of Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea  is complete. The High Line at the Rail Yards which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets will be unveiled in all its glory for the public to see on September 21st, 2014. Until now – a walk along the historic freight-rail-line-turned-public-park sadly lands you at the end on West 30th Street, but alas the gates will soon open to reveal the completed remaining section of  railroad tracks to bridge wandering pedestrians all the way to West 34th Street for a unique, and unparalleled look into the fabric of the Meatpacking District. The Rail Yards section is only accessible by crossing the 11th Avenue Bridge for a rare vantage point to take in the beauty of Manhattan’s grids as traffic zooms by underneath, along with an unobstructed view of rows of commuter trains at Hudson Yards.

Opening week festivities to celebrate the $75 million northern most section will feature a culmination of everything we love about the park from live music performances, art and design exhibits and more – all for free. You can wake up with a morning yoga session on the 14th Street passage, followed by a tranquil guided meditation class held on the 22nd Street Steps, or take in a Tai Chi class on the famous 23rd Street lawn. In addition to various health and wellness events, High Line art curator Cecilia Alemani has added newcomers like Ed Ruscha’s large-scale mural Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today sprawled across West 22nd Street, and it will be hard to resist taking an outdoor lunch break with a week of midday hour-long live music performances from world renowned acts like Haitian music sensation Melanie Charles, and NYC’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. Existing art installations.

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INTRODUCING MANHATTAN’S NEWEST NEIGHBORHOOD - HUDSON YARDS

Manhattan, and New York City as a whole is on the cusp of undergoing a groundbreaking makeover with the development of the new Hudson Yards on the far West Side of the island that’s expected to completely alter the City skyline as we know it. The West Side is growing at 5 times the rate of the rest of Manhattan and is already teeming with vibrant neighborhoods including Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and Midtown West –but it is all about to change when this innovative new project is complete.

What will be known as the Hudson Yards District will exist on a 26-acre site that is remarkably Manhattan’s current largest area of undeveloped land. The mixed-use space will be home to office, retail, residential, parks, and cultural/entertainment areas zoned for over 13 million square feet of commercial and residential development bringing life to, and revitalizing the area surrounding 11th and 12th Avenues. In conjunction with bringing a burst of economic activity into the area, the historic extension of the No. 7 train from Times Square to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues will alleviate any mass transit concerns coming from this part of the city.

Groundbreaking developments include two new futuristic residence towers named Tower E and D. New neighborhood features that residents of D and E will have prime access to include a 5 level 750,000 square foot glass-enclosed dining , shopping and entertainment complex with a top floor atrium dedicated to host a unique array of 5-star restaurants and bars that will overlook the Hudson River. The top floor will also include a reservation only cinema. Both towers will also have an onsite garage with valet service, access to surrounding private streets for black car queue, and a 24/7 attended lobby and concierge service. 

The 844 feet tall and 75-story Tower D was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and David Rockwell in collaboration with Ismael Leyva and will be located at the NE corner of West 30th St and 11th Ave. Building features include 32 rental floors and 35 condominium floors with unobstructed views of the City and the Hudson River.

61-story Tower E was designed by David Childs of award winning SOM, and will measure in at 950 feet tall with a cascading building façade made up of vertical stripes of limestone and glass drapes descending from the top  of the building, all the way to the bottom to resemble a pleated skirt. Located on the SE corner of West 33rd Street and 11th Ave., the building will have 21 floors of luxury for-sale residences available, 17 floors of office space, 4 floors of retail in addition to a unique 11-story, 200 room luxury hotel with a striking ball room, sky lobby and spa. Tower E will also have a 3 level flagship Equinox fitness club equipped with a full size basketball court and swimming pool.

Two more ultra-modern buildings going up that will attribute in changing the city’s skyline are a North and South Office Tower designed by KPF.  North Tower, at W. 33rd St and 10th Ave will be a 70 story, 1,3337 feet tall building with direct underground access to the new No. 7 train subway station, an observation deck, Sky Lounge and a ballroom between the 62nd and 70th floors. The 47-story, 895 feet tall South Tower at West 30th and 10th Ave will have a physical address on the third and final completed section of the High Line. Both towers will be Gold certified by the LEED 2009 rating system and will be the most energy efficient towers in all of Manhattan.

At the center of the neighborhood will be 14 acres of new, open space called Public Square which will contain an almost 1 acre walk-able cascading fountain that will connect the new shopping, dining and entertainment complex with the luxury hotel inside Tower E. A section of this area will also be transformed into a park called the Hudson Park & Boulevard and with this addition it will create a historic convergence of 3 of New York’s most dynamic and celebrated parks including the High Line and Hudson River park to compose a seamless path of green space stretching from West 14th St to West 42nd St.

When it’s all said and done, this addition will be just another reason why New York City should be a model metropolis for others around the globe.

 

Your Neighborhood at a Glance: High Line Phase Three Unveiled

The Friends of the High Line unveiled phase three of the High Line Park to the public on Monday. The plans were presented by architect Richard Scofidio and landscape architect James Corner. The duo outlined a multi-phase plan project that’s estimated to cost $90 million and be completed by 2014.

Plans for phase three include three major segments:

The first, the east-west stretch along 30th Street that will be built in its permanent form from the start, will incorporate a crossroads design where phase three meets phase two and the High Line jogs to the left, a grasslands section with seating areas for people to congregate, and the 11th Street Bridge overpass that separates the Eastern Rail Yards from the Western Rail Yards.

The second segment is a curving half-loop that will extend north-south before curving back east that will be developed as an interim walkway before final improvements can be made.

The third and final segment is a passage integration with the tower at the upcoming Hudson Yards complex. The Hudson Yards complex tower will also include public bathrooms.  

To view our neighborhood tour of Chelsea and the current High Line watch our Halstead ProperTV Chelsea Neighborhood tour here.

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