Hudson Yards, the new NYC community located just blocks from your home, is open for business! With spring in session, this is the perfect time to mosey over from your Midtown West apartment and discover everything Hudson Yards has to offer. From the already popular Vessel sculpture to retail and restaurants, this New York neighborhood has it all. Check out some of our favorites, just down the way from your 555TEN luxury rental.
At the center of all the buzz surrounding Hudson Yards stands Vessel. This spiraling, staircased sculpture is a landmark unto itself. Built to be climbed, this new, giant interactive artwork was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as the focal point from which “people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.” Over 2,500 individual steps and 154 interconnected flights of stairs lead you to 80 landings over almost a mile of climbing. Come to take in a new view or simply roam in contemplative bliss, but whatever you do, don’t forget to book it ahead of time: Entry is free, but your experience at Vessel is timed and ticketed.
In a city that boasts an extensive roster of classic department stores and high-end retailers, one prize destination has consistently eluded the Five Boroughs — until now. New York City’s first Neiman Marcus is a splendid three stories of fashion, food, and an assortment of services. Interactive fitting rooms that allow customers to adjust the lighting to suit their outfits are the ideal places to assemble that next ensemble. Take a break and make a reservation at The Zodiac for a taste of executive chef Alex Pilas’ finest or grab a quick snack at City Bakery or Irving Farm. An array of white-glove services awaits, including shoeshine, gift wrapping, and a concierge. Or get a blow-out and your makeup done at BLVD. Plus, you’ll find other bonuses not often available at uptown department stores, including classic arcade games and noted speakers.
While you could easily spend a full day (or five) at Neiman Marcus, an additional 800,000 square feet of other restaurant and retail offerings await, including another first in NYC: Forty Five Ten. The second-largest of six stores in the chain (only the Dallas flagship location is bigger), Forty Five Ten brings together fashion, art, and design from both new and pillar brands. The store showcases creative spins on both the apparel and the fixtures — works of art all their own — in departments labeled Women’s Designer, Men’s Designer, Vintage, and 4510/SIX, a category that showcases emerging and cutting-edge designers. Everything in the store is carefully chosen and curated. From the clothing to the modern art that frames the displays, luxury is at the heart of everything in this shop. Or, as Forty Five Ten president and creative director Kristen Cole describes it, “the sheer freedom to dress, create, and express ideas as an individual.”
When you’re ready to eat, shop some more, or maybe do some of both, then a visit to Mercado Little Spain should be next on your agenda. The creation of internationally acclaimed culinary innovator José Andrés, Mercado Little Spain distills the best of Spanish dining into multiple bars, restaurants, kiosks, and even a market — all within four storefronts’ worth of space at Hudson Yards. Inspired by the mercados of his native land, this is “a veritable love letter to Spain from chef José Andrés and his team.” More than a food court, this collaboration among Andrés and chefs Albert Adrià and Ferran Adrià revolutionizes the culinary craft and trade by creating not one new restaurant in the city, but what is, for all intents and purposes, more like 15.
For a taste just a little more far afield, visit Wild Ink, the first international location for the U.K.-based rhubarb hospitality group. Executive chef Peter Jin brings together a masterful variety of flavors and techniques to produce a menu of distinctive Asian-inspired offerings. The 90-seat dining room pulls in elements from the East, such as bamboo ceilings and tables topped with Lazy Susans, and presents one of the larger bars in Hudson Yards. The expanse is tied together with curved banquettes that wind through the space. Combined with the expansive windows, the whole of the restaurant’s design brings a club feel to Wild Ink. Comfortable and visually appealing, it invites you to linger, however, it’s the food that will assuredly first beckon. The menu boasts “culinary stories from the East, told in the West” with creations such as Duck ‘a la Kumquat’ made of crispy duck leg, roasted breast, and caramelized endive; or the Arctic Char with curry leaves, caper-raisin relish, and beurre noisette. More than a restaurant, Wild Ink is a culinary journey.
All of this and more await you at Hudson Yards. Stop by and explore the newest and grandest additions to the neighborhood.