The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards

May 2021

Spring is in the air, and New Yorkers are ready to get back outside and explore a reopening and reinvigorated city. One of the most beloved and quintessentially “New York” pastimes might be strolling through Central Park and admiring storied landmarks and architectural marvels. Residents of 555TEN’s Midtown rentals are close to some of New York’s most famed attractions, including the city’s latest destination and engineering masterpiece: the Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards.

Just a few blocks south of 555TEN and at the center of Hudson Yards, the square features parks, gardens, and space for taking in some fresh air in the shade or enjoying a morning paper and coffee from the shops and restaurants nearby. But the Public Square and Gardens is a bona fide 21st-century destination. In addition to fast Wi-Fi throughout, the square was built atop a working railyard and deploys state-of-the-art horticultural technology to deliver nutrients, irrigate and drain, and allow root growth to its thicket of trees and tens of thousands of diverse plants across five acres. Wildflowers throughout the park offer a colorful tableau of spring’s brightest—and also attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators to maintain plant life across seasons.

Visitors can enjoy the park year-round—with plants and greenery supported with temperature regulation control. As part of a sophisticated ventilation system, tubing embedded within the platform beneath the tree roots circulates cooling liquids to combat the heat emanating from the train yard below, while the roots of the large trees throughout the park are supported with soil beds to allow them to grow and stay healthy and aerated. The 60,000-gallon stormwater storage tanks irrigate the park’s greenery while limiting the greenhouse output of pumping extra water throughout—a commitment to providing a sustainable, all-seasons destination.

At the center of the Square is the Vessel, designed by Heatherwick Studio. This honeycomb structure is now one of New York’s most recognizable architectural triumphs. But the striking design of the Vessel isn’t meant to be taken in passively. Visitors can explore the interactive design by ascending the structure’s 16 stories through over 150 interconnecting flights of stairs and taking in the view at one of the designated viewing points high above the city.

Though 555TEN residents can enjoy the comforts of home in their exceptional NYC luxury rentals, stepping outside to the Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards is a perfect reminder of the best of New York in the spring.