Hudson Park and Boulevard

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Hudson Park and Boulevard
7 subway extension 34th Street main entrance 2.JPG
The boulevard under construction at 34th Street, adjoining the main entrance to the 34th Street station
Location Manhattan, New York City
North end 36th Street (phase 1)
39th Street (phase 2a)
42nd Street (phase 2b)
South end 33rd Street
East Eleventh Avenue
West Tenth Avenue
Dead end at 34th Street

Hudson Park and Boulevard is a planned 4-acre-long (1.6 ha), six-block-long north-south greenway and boulevard in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan in New York City, being built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.[1] The greenway will be between 10th and 11th Avenues, and between 33rd and 39th Streets. The boulevard will be in the center of the park when complete.[2] Construction will be in two phases; the first phase, located between 33rd and 36th Streets, is under construction as of 2012 and will be finished by December 2014,[3][4] while the second phase, itself divided into two parts (with part A between 36th and 39th Streets, and part B between 39th and 42nd Streets), has no timeline.[5]

The total cost of the project is more than $30 million.[6]

Description[edit]

The boulevard is to be split into two, with a Hudson Boulevard East and a Hudson Boulevard West. The park is to serve as a median.[6] The boulevard will start from a dead end/restricted driveway (extending from 31st Street westbound) at 33rd Street and be one-way northbound to 35th Street, with the park to the west of the roadway. North of 35th Street, a southbound roadway will form and the park will be between the two roadways up to 39th Street, where the boulevard will end. Then, a High Line-style promenade above the Lincoln Tunnel entrance will be constructed in the second phase to connect the greenway to 42nd Street.[7]

Benches along the southern section of the boulevard

The first phase of the park and boulevard, when complete, will have lawns, sports fields, a fountain, a cafe, parking spaces underground, and a playground. Additionally, the Amtrak Empire Connection will run underneath the park.[5] The park will be owned by the city.[8]

The boulevard is bordered on the west and east between 33rd and 34th Streets by the future locations of 55 Hudson Yards and 50 Hudson Yards, respectively.[9] On April 30, 2014, Tishman Speyer said in a press release that it had purchased land between the Hudson Park & Boulevard and Tenth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets; which will be razed[10][11] to make way for a "Hudson Spire", to be the tallest building in America with a potential height of over 1,800 feet (549 m) and 108 stories.[12]

The boulevard's southern end will be integrated with the Hudson Yards Public Square, an L-shaped public square that is intended to be Hudson Yards' centerpiece.[13]

History[edit]

The park and boulevard are being developed in concurrency with the New York City Subway 7 Subway Extension to 34th Street. The park will contain the two entrances to the 34th Street station.[14] The first entrance will be located between 33rd and 34th Streets,[14] and a second entrance will be between 34th and 35th Streets, in the park.[15]

Phase one of the park's layout, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates,[16] was finished in January 2012.[2] Construction began in January 2012.[1] Since the boulevard is brand-new, it will conform to New York City Department of Transportation standards set in 2012. A traffic signal will be installed at 34th Street to facilitate pedestrian flow through the park.[17]

A business improvement district for the park is expected to be started in mid-2014.[18]

Although the boulevard is six blocks long, the 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) park[13] extends as a non-vehicular greenway north to 42nd Street via a pedestrian bridge, and through the Hudson Yards development south to 30th Street and connecting with the High Line.[5]

Notable sites along the boulevard[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hudson Park & Boulevard - Hudson Yards Development Corporation". Hydc.org. February 16, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc". Mvvainc.com. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Dailey, Jessica (22 July 2014). "55 Photos Inside the Hudson Yards Construction Site". The Real Deal. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "A Park Takes Shape In Hudson Yards District". Wall Street Journal. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c December 7, 2012, by Jessica Dailey (December 7, 2012). "With Hudson Yards Comes a 4-Acre, 10-Block Long Park - Coming Attractions - Curbed NY". Ny.curbed.com. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Hudson Park and Boulevard". Hudson Yards New York. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Langdon, Philip (December 2, 2011). "New York plans an out-of-place boulevard". Better Cities and Towns. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Related Hudson Yards | Hudson Park & Boulevard". Therealdeal.com. June 3, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hudson Yards Master Plan
  10. ^ Drummer, Randyl (April 30, 2014). "Tishman Speyer to Develop Massive Hudson Yards Tower - CoStar Group". Costar.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tishman Speyer Acquires the Rights to Develop 2.85 Million Square Foot Tower in Manhattan's Hudson Yards District - Press Release". Digital Journal. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Alberts, Hana R. (February 6, 2014). "Meet Hudson Spire, The U.S.'s 'Potential Future Tallest Tower'". Curbed NY. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Hudson Yards Set to Alter Skyline, Transform Neighborhood". Chelsea Now. February 6, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Capital Program 7 Line Extension". MTA.info. December 20, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ Cuozzo, Steve (June 5, 2012). "No. 7 train 6 mos. late". Newspaper. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Chen, Olivia (December 7, 2008). "MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard". Inhabitat. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ Streetscape Manual
  18. ^ Stiffler, Scott (January 15, 2014). "Hudson Yards BID Hopes to be Fully Operational by Mid-2014". Chelsea Now. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing