Horror on the Hudson: New York’s $25 bn architectural fiasco
It is a billionaires playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32 m. So why does the column colossus of Hudson Yards feel so cheap?
‘One thing that’s always been true-life in New York ,” says Dan Doctoroff,” is that if you constructed it, they will come .” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25 bn, 28 -acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000 s. He can now look down on his co-creation every day from his new office in one of the development’s towers and look hundreds of people climbing up and down Thomas Heatherwick’s Vesselsculpture, like tiny maggots crawling all over a decompose doner kebab.
The first stage of Hudson Yards opened last month and parties have indeed come- primarily to gawp at how it could have been allowed to happen. On a vast swath of the western side of Manhattan formerly earmarked for New York’s 2012 Olympic bid, a developer has made a private imagination of angular glass towers stuffed with agencies and expensive suites, rising above a seven-storey shopping mall on an endless gray carpet, scattered with small-scale clumps of “park”.
The surprising thing isn’t that such a development has happened. The real stupor is that it’s quite so bad. Hudson Yards’ commerce promotion is showered with superlatives: this is the largest and most expensive private real estate project in US history, a residence exploding with “never-before-seen” retail conceptions and “first-of-its-kind” dining ends. It is legislation as the ultimate in everything, a refined playground for discern urbanites, with stores where it is possible spend five representations on a wristwatch and $800 on a haircut.