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Have you seen the new face of West Manhattan yet? It’s all very new and exciting over there… right now! Now’s the time to tour the area to check out the new neighborhoods, art, performances, recreation, views, eateries and more all within walking distance of this brand new, sparking and welcoming neighborhood called Hudson Yards. With a small group walking tour led by one of our NYC experts, come and experience all that the New Face of West Manhattan has to offer on our West Side Story Tour. Here’s an exciting overview of what you can expect and what not to miss!
Hudson Yards, New York’s newest and shiniest neighborhood
No longer is Manhattan’s far west side a lifeless area where only train tracks, a couple of office towers and apartments and the remnants of a railway were. After 20 years of careful planning, Hudson Yards, this 25 billion dollar multi-building project has very recently become its very own neighborhood- and a gleaming, artsy, and nature-loving one at that!
Photo: Courtesy of Related Oxford
Hudson Yards has become a destination for 7 million visitors annually, both tourists and locals, and for good reason! There are a variety of fantastic spots to explore and quintessential New York City things to do and see. From North to South, there’s The Vessel, a spectacular newly unveiled interactive art structure to climb; The Shed, an also newly unveiled cultural center with tons of events to attend; The High Line, an extensive green space that integrates into its urban landscape; The Edge, the soon-to-be-opened tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere; and the gorgeous (I’m not kidding) Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards mall with its highly anticipated Spanish food hall opened by big-name chefs, not to mention having all the trendiest stores for all budgets.
/ The Vessel
In the center of Hudson Yards, right at the north end of the High Line is where you’ll find the monumental Vessel. The Vessel was a 2-year construction that opened on March 15th 2019, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Inspired by the ancient step wells of India, the Vessel is pretty much a network of interlocking staircases that visitors can climb up.
Photo: Ajay Suresh/Flickr CC
With 2500 steps, 154 flights of stairs, and 80 viewing landings, it is a great opportunity for taking in views of the town ! Although experiencing the Vessel is free of charge, tickets to the vessel are required to protect its capacity. The Vessel is open 10AM-9PM everyday.
/ The Shed
Right beside the Vessel is the recently opened eight-story non-profit visual and performing arts venue, The Shed, which commissions, produces, and presents an assortment of activities sure to quench the well-rounded art-lover’s thirst.
/ The Edge
Scheduled to open in late 2019, The Edge is, for sure, not for the faint at heart. From the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards high-rise, ultra-futuristic Edge raised 1,100FT above ground will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, offering some seriously breathtaking views of Gotham City.
/ The Shopping Center
Straightforwardly named, “The Shops & Restaurants“, the shopping center at Hudson Yards is certainly far from ordinary. Situated just steps across from The Vessel, this brand-new, 1 million square foot, 7-story mall is yet another architectural masterpiece to be explored and enjoyed in this cutting edge new neighborhood. Offering more than 100 affordable to luxury clothing, decor, and shoe stores, this remarkable shopping center boasts several high-end restaurants, bars, and quick dining options. Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards is open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM; Sun 11AM-7PM.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Spain
/ The Spanish Food Court ‘Little Spain’ and other Restaurants
Yet, Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards’ truly unique feature is the highly anticipated food hall created by a handful of today’s best Spanish chefs, modeling the popular markets in Spain. Mercado Little Spain is comprised of Bar Celona (with its specialty Vermouth cocktails- a Barcelona aperitif staple), La Barra (known for its wine and tapas), Vinos and Bravas (two other tapas hotspots), and Pasteles & Helados (a Spanish desserts and soft serve ice cream parlor), just to name a few.
The High Line, a park like no other
Photo: Brian Godfrey/Flickr CC
Open 7 days a week from 7AM-10PM, The High Line spans four Manhattan neighborhoods (from north to south): Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and The Meatpacking District. This free public green space is an elevated (30 feet above street level), 1.45 mile-long tree-lined walkway on what used to be an abandoned rail way. With greenery intricately growing through and around the still remaining rail tracks, The High Line contains 500+ species of plants and trees, many benches for resting and people watching, art installations and murals, and a few stands selling treats and refreshments. A walk on the High Line is a unique New York City experience where visitors are immersed in a mirage of nature, art, and design.
Photo: Nan Palmero/Flickr CC
/ What to see on The High Line
This leisurely stroll guides you on a path through much calmer West Manhattan where all are welcome to breath in the fresh air of this art-installment filled promenade, blocks from the Hudson River. Views of New York City from the High Line are particular because you’re not only sometimes a few feet away from the shimmer of the brand-new multi-million dollar Hudson Yards condos, office buildings, and structures as well as older Manhattan architecture from the movies, but you also have the views of New York’s recognizable skyscrapers and skylines in the distance. Joining the stoves of friendly faces serenely exploring the meticulously manicured High Line is a delight; you’ll also enjoy many beautiful murals from famous street artist Kobra along the way; all and of course there are plenty of staircases leading to street level to enjoy a scrumptious meal, for instance at the iconic Chelsea Market.
Chelsea & Meatpacking District
Chelsea and Meatpacking District are two must-visit quintessential Manhattan neighborhoods located side by side with thriving entertainment and nightlife scenes, tons of history and excellent restaurants. Known for its chic art galleries, Chelsea is home to the iconic Chelsea Market, and Meatpacking District to the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as its charming cobblestone streets. A visit to NYC wouldn’t be the same without a trek through these calmer less-touristy neighborhoods of bustling Manhattan.
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/ Chelsea Market
Situated next to the High Line in the heart of Chelsea neighborhood, Chelsea Market is a multilevel indoor multipurpose space housing new companies on the cutting edge of technology on upper floors, and a vast, stylized industrial food and boutique hall on its ground and lower level. Chelsea Market offers 35 + specialty food vendors and restaurants, as well as affordable artisanal boutiques selling tasteful decor, books and clothing. If you’re looking for unforgettable things do in New York, taking a tour of the Chelsea Market is a definite local, quality experience to tell all your friends about.
Located in what used to be the Nabisco factory, and the precise location where the Oreo Cookie was invented, a Chelsea Market tour will have you passing through this extraordinary space in awe at not only the array of tantalizing food and beverage options, but the mere stimulating atmosphere of the interior itself. The bustling, hip and family-friendly ambiance of the Chelsea Market feels a bit like the holidays, containing a refreshing waterfall, gleaming floors throughout, and decorated walls with industrial objet d’art. Chelsea Market is open Mon thru Sat 7AM-2AM; Sun 8AM-10PM.
/ Hudson River Park
The longest riverfront park in the nation, Hudson River Park is an absolute must-visit for relaxing or laying down to get some sun, bike riding, taking in an open air event or partaking in another recreational activity as this urban paradise has batting gages, a children’s playground, a dog park, tennis courts, a soccer field and more. Running along Lower Manhattan up Greenwich Village to Midtown, spanning some 8 West Manhattan neighborhoods, Hudson River Park attracts 17 million visitors annually, and oh! a futuristic elevated new park is coming to a nearby Pier! Designed by the same people who made The Vessel, it will feature rolling lawns, an amphitheater, and a public plaza. Hudson River Park is open 6AM-1AM (most areas); bike path is open 24 hours a day.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
View from the Whitney Museum Terrace – Photo: Brian Godfrey/Flickr CC
After re-opening 4 years ago in a larger building located at the foot of the High Line in the trendy Meatpacking District, The Whitney Museum holds an unparalleled collection including works from Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Alexander Calder, Marsden Hartley, George Tooker, and Alice Neel. It’s open Sun, Mon, Wed, & Thu 10:30AM-6PM and Fridays until 10PM; closed Tuesdays. Don’t miss the rooftop terrace for a drink al fresco after your visit of the Museum!
West Manhattan with all of its latest developments is now a must see for anyone visiting NYC. The brand new 28-acre neighborhood of Hudson Yards is a treat not only for the eyes, but also for the soul and the stomach! Explore the new face of West Manhattan on our West Side Story Tour : bask in tasteful design and ambiance, catch spectacular up-close views of West Manhattan living as you visit The High Line, and eat delicious food. Expect to climb the futuristic Vessel, tour the stunning shopping center, and discover chic the Chelsea neighborhood with its art galleries and The Meatpacking District with its charming cobblestone streets and the Chelsea Market. Our knowledgeable tour guide will help you navigate through the plethora of food options and point you to the best photo op stops along the way so that you may always cherish these memories of your unforgettable trip to New York City.
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