Hudson Yards — NYC’s newest precinct
As always there’s a lot going on in New York, but 2019 is set to be bigger than ever with the opening of the new Hudson Yards project which is set to become a landmark neighbourhood all on its own. Constructed on the lower west side near the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Hudson Yards (hudsonyardsnewyork.com) is being built on top of a working rail yard and comprises a host of new office buildings alongside a hotel, apartments, shopping areas, art galleries and cultural offerings. It is the largest private real estate development in the history of the USA and also features The Shed (theshed.org), an architectural masterpiece designed to “commission, produce and present all types of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture”.
2019 will also see an expansion of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the opening of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. NYC & Co ceo Fred Dixon has also highlighted New York’s hosting of WorldPride 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. It’s the first time WorldPride will have been hosted in the USA, with the celebration comprising two months of events along with NYC’s annual Pride March and PrideFest in June 2019.
Accommodation shouldn’t be a problem in New York, which has 117,300 hotel rooms at present and a pipeline which will add almost 20,000 more by the end of 2019. Openings will include the Six Senses New York, Westin New York Staten Island and the Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards, a “lifestyle hotel” where it will be possible to book a personal trainer at the same time as you book your room.