Hudson Yards: Shiny, new, pricey… and still a major construction site

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July 8, 2019

If you like living in shiny new high-end skyscrapers, Hudson Yards may be your best bet… except if you don’t like noise or want to live in a construction zone for the next few years. Localize.city, a real estate search platform that helps home hunters understand the pros and cons of every address, put together a brief overview of what’s happening in the area.

It will be a construction site for many years

Nearly 1 in four condos or rentals that were on the market as of June 1, 2019, were within about 160 feet (about the width of a football field) of a residential construction site, according to a Localize.city analysis of home listings as well as NYC Department of Buildings permit data.

Nearly all of the neighborhood’s 100 listings were within 0.1 miles, or about a block, of residential construction sites, Localize.city found.

The neighborhood “officially” opened in March 2019 with much fanfare and hand wringing about the future of New York, with condos starting at nearly $4 million at 15 Hudson Yards and a $200 million giant shawarma-shaped public sculpture called the Vessel.

Despite the neighborhood’s much scrutinized opening, however, the neighborhood that is being built from whole cloth is far from done. Dozens of additional skyscrapers are under construction.

At least 3,400 apartments are expected along with offices, hotel rooms, shops and a public school in the immediate vicinity of the rail yards, and with the redevelopment of nearby parking lots, warehouses and manufacturing sites, the area could eventually see more than 20,000 new apartments in the coming years.

The noise might continue until late at night. Residents have been complaining for years about around-the-clock noise, especially around 34th, 35th, and 36th streets. At Hudson Yards and at the Manhattan West megaproject on Ninth Avenue, the Department of Buildings permitted after-hours construction virtually every day in 2016, Localize.city found.

“Much of the eastern yards, around the shops, Vessel and the Shed cultural center, near 10th Avenue, are complete, but the area still feels very much like it’s under construction,” said Localize.city lead urban planner Doneliza Joaquin. “Whether you’re living in a high-end penthouse with noise-quieting windows or working in one of the fancy new buildings, you might experience construction-related woes like noise or detours for the next few years.”

Other noteworthy buildings on the horizon at Hudson Yards

> Many New Yorkers eagerly await the open-air observation deck 1,000 feet up at 30 Hudson. The 130-foot office tower is expected to open in 2020 with such tenants like WarnerMedia, HBO, CNN and Related Co., the neighborhood’s developer. 
> A Whole Foods (of course!) is expected to open in 2020 at Manhattan West, a multi-tower complex reaching 67 stories. This complex is slated to include 844 apartments, 150 hotel rooms and 5 million square feet of office space.

Be ware of potential nuisances, like subway escalator breakdowns and traffic

> The escalator for the No. 7 train stop at 34th Street/Hudson Yards seems to be frequently out of service. Most recently, two escalator broke down on June 26 (with an expected return to service on July 1), according to the MTA’s website.
> Traffic from the nearby Lincoln Tunnel also adds to the cacophony. Dyer Avenue, an exit from the tunnel, is a short street around West 30th Street and 10th Avenue with long lines of traffic. The horns and sirens of vehicles entering and exiting the tunnel have long plagued those living in the area, with one resident filing a lawsuit in 2017, claiming the noise led to extreme exhaustion and health issues.  (The congestion pricing plan to be implemented in 2021 could potentially reduce traffic in the area.)

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