MEIER Live Parties: MEIER Tackles The Vessel at Hudson Yards

MEIER Live Parties: MEIER Tackles The Vessel at Hudson Yards

  • Michael Meier
  • 05/14/19

New York City just got a brand-new interactive vertical landmark that’s actually intended to be climbed by visitors. MEIER Agents Matt Solomon and Paul Martin Kovic hosted this month’s episode of MEIER Live Parties at Hudson Yards to introduce its newest centerpiece: Vessel.

At nearly one mile high, the spiral structure is located in the Public Square and Gardens — a six-acre plaza in the center of Hudson Yards surrounded by approximately 28,000 plants and 225 trees. The 16-story landmark features 154 flights of interlacing staircases, approximately 2,500 individual stairs and a maximum holding capacity of about 1,000 individuals. The finished work of art officially opened to the public on March 15, 2019.

Hudson Yards is an urban renewal project to redevelop the West Side Yard, which has served as a storage yard for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for many years. It was once planned to house the West Side Stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics back in the early 2000s, but unfortunately plans never came to fruition.

Instead in 2012 construction began for the first phase of the Hudson Yards project with the groundbreaking of 10 Hudson Yards — a 52-story office building anchored by Tapestry, the parent company of Coach New York, Kate Spade New York and Stuart Weitzman. It officially opened its doors in 2016.

10 Hudson Yards is connected to 30 Hudson Yards, a 1,268-foot, mixed-use building home to the new headquarters of WarnerMedia. It’s New York City’s third tallest building and will boast the “Edge” observation deck — the highest outdoor deck in the Western Hemisphere. The building opened its doors on March 15, 2019 along with the Vessel and a luxury high-end mall known as The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards. Collectively the mall accommodates approximately one million square feet of space and is anchored by Neiman Marcus, as well as Dior, Chanel, H&M, Zara and Sephora. It also includes a restaurant owned by chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller — who currently holds seven Michelin stars.

Still under construction is 35 Hudson Yards which will feature the new Equinox Hotel, along with office space and luxury residential condo units on the upper 36 floors. It began construction in 2015. Both 50 and 55 Hudson Yards are office buildings that were not originally in the Hudson Yards plans but together will add nearly four million square feet to the project. 50 Hudson Yards began construction in 2018 and 55 Hudson Yards in 2017.

15 Hudson Yards is a fully luxury residential building featuring high-end amenities like an aquatics center with a 75-foot-long swimming pool, golf club lounge, private dining suites, a screening room and a “Skytop” — the highest outdoor roof deck in New York City. Sixty percent of the building’s 285 condo units were sold by January 2019 before officially opening its doors to new homeowners.

“[It’s] attached to The Shed which is a convertible performance and art space. The entire roof slides back into the building so they can do outdoor performances and when [the weather’s] not too good, it slides all the way back. I think it’s great. I can’t wait to see it in motion.” – Paul Martin Kovic

The second phase of the Hudson Yards urban renewal project will include more residential space, an office building and even a school. Construction hasn’t yet started but it’s projected to be completed by 2024.

Tune in now to watch the full episode of MEIER Live Parties!

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