New Hudson Yards Park to Open

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Hudson Yards will soon be home to the smartest park in New York City, according to Related Companies and Oxford Properties.

Sitting at the nexus of the Javits Center, the High Line, Hudson River Park and the soon-to-open Hudson Park & Boulevard, the 4.5 acre Hudson Yards Public Square will be at the center of an extensive new interconnected park system on Manhattan’s West Side.

In addition to a seamless link to the High Line, the Hudson Yards Public Square will house almost a mile of pedestrian walkways and nearly 30,000 diverse plants, including groves of more than 200 mature trees designed to reflect the ecology of Manhattan. The Public Square will contain thousands of native New York perennials and wildflowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

The elevated park, designed by the award-winning firm Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, will be unlike any other park in the city, according to officials.

With jet engines, super chilled roots, smart soil and advanced irrigation, the Hudson Yards Public Square will include 28,000 shrubs and over 200 trees to create an urban oasis that will be visited by birds, bees and more than 24 million people every year.

When completed, the 28-acre Hudson Yards site will include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops and restaurants, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and a 200-room luxury hotel.