“If you build it they will come” was drilled into my consciousness by Kevin Costner in the fields of Nebraska in a movie I need to make the kids watch: Field of Dreams. I think of this phrase often when checking out new arrivals to NYC, this constantly evolving and massive city we call home. Yesterday our afternoon was an immersion in all things “if you build it they will come.” In this situation, us is they. But “they” is also the steady stream of other theys. So so many theys that come to check out what is new and shiny and important. Welcome to the new cultural and conspicuous consumption contribution in town: Hudson Yards.
Conveniently located at the end of the 7 train, this far-flung west side creation can magically be accessed by upper east siders with a quick Q to 42nd or a 4,5,6, to Grand Central with a 7 chaser to the end of the line. Getting downtown AND to the west side has never, ever been so dreamy. Thank you, subway builders, for making it so.
Much like The Highline that marches right through the new offering, this is not a one and done type of visit. Hudson Yards will beckon you back – with its food offerings (need to go back just to experience a feeding frenzy at Mercado, the Spanish version of Eatily housed on the ground floor; then pop up to Wild Ink on the fifth floor to wash it all down with a cocktail), it’s sunset views with the river beyond and the cultural lineup that is the heartbeat of this creation, The Shed (sign up now to become a member and get first dibs on tickets – go on do it that now before you forget).
While at Hudson Yards you can’t help but gawk at The Vessel – an “if you build it they will climb” (there is an elevator) winding copper stair structure that sits smack in the center of Hudson Yards. Same day tickets are available starting at 9:30am on site for timed entry intervals. Look for the line to the north side of the vessel upon arrival to snag your free tickets. You might have to wait an hour or two to climb – plenty to do while you wait so you won’t be bored – promise. Or, you can go online and reserve your time slot two weeks in advance to the day. Would recommend going for a ticket at sunset – cue the insta.
Our most recent visit to Hudson Yards was a pre gathering for…. Well, tune in for Part 2 to find out about our most recent off, off, off Broadway immersive theater experience!
Hudson Yards and The Vessel
Hudson Yards is located between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets. The Vessel is located in the Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm / Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm (The Vessel is open 10:00am to 9:00pm every day.)
For more information, visit the website here.