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Things To Do in Hudson Yards

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Located just a few miles north of 15 Cliff in downtown Manhattan is the famed Hudson Yards, the rapidly developing area of Chelsea that has become a hotbed for shopping, dining, and oh so much more. To hear some tell it, its a culmination of a bold new vision for New York City, one with limitless possibilities:

"When the idea for Hudson Yards was conceived nearly two decades ago, it was viewed by developers and city agencies alike as Manhattan’s Manifest Destiny. “In a place where dreams and ambitions are limitless, land is not,” New York’s Department of City Planning wrote. There is one last frontier available in Manhattan—Hudson Yards."

With that much fanfare surrounding its opening, you might expect that there's quite a lot to do and see around Hudson Yards, and you'd be correct. This is one of the city's new "it" spots, so you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with the area and all that it has to offer. We've got you covered there, and today we'll be providing a brief overview of the many highlights and wonders that Hudson Yards holds in store.

Let's Lay the Ground Work: What Is Hudson Yards?

Since it may not have been immediately clear, let's spell out (in no uncertain terms) what Hudson Yards is all about. The short version is as follows: it's a mixed-use development covering about 28-acres on Manhattan's West Side, stretching from 34th and 30th streets on its north and south boundaries, and Tenth Avenue and the West Side Highway on its east and west boundaries. the buildings here include residential developments, commercial skyscrapers, gardens, a shopping mall, a cultural center, and will eventually expand to include a school, among other structures.

It's part of one of the largest real estate deals in US history, and with that knowledge, there's a lot riding on its success, so the offerings here represent the top-tier of what Manhattan can offer. It's a far cry from the old rail yards that used to dot the area, and it will be used as a model for other cities to develop "smart," that is, incorporate large scale data monitoring in the management of urban areas. So far, its been a big hit, and there's plenty to enjoy here, regardless of what fits your fancy specifically.

Getting Your Grub On

If you're craving for a bite to eat, you're in luck. Hudson Yards is home to a growing assortment of restaurants, including fine options like Belcampo. Located on the 4th level of 20 Hudson Yards, this California brand, the brainchild of Anya Fernald (and with six locations already set up in LA and the San Francisco Bay), has finally made its debut in New York City, and they're all about making sure you get the best meat:

"Belcampo’s whole thing is vertical integration for responsible meat consumption: The company owns nearly 50,000 acres of farmland with an ethos of humanely raised cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals, and it processes and packages them as well. Her goal is to make humane, sustainable meat available at a much larger scale, an ambition that continues today."

Beef, bacon, pork, poultry, lamb — you want it, they can supply it at Belcampo. But tit's not just sustainable meat that's on the menu at Hudson Yards. Fresh-baked goodness awaits you at places like Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery. It's a staple of the Keller Restaurant Group, and the location at 20 Hudson Yards makes for their third in the city. Like its counterparts around Manhattan, the Hudson Yards Bouchon Bakery will be serving up all the French-style boulangerie you can handle, and in a cozy little setting to boot. So it goes with the restaurants at Hudson Yards. You'll find a lot of variety here, so if you're looking to expand your palate, there are few places finer in the city for you to venture to.

Shopping Until You Drop

Shopaholics love Hudson Yards, and for good reason. The stores here bring the best of high fashion and other goods right to the fore, and you've got plenty to choose from when it comes to particular establishments to shop at. Maybe you're a fan of Banana Republic, in which case you'll want to head to their storefront on Level 3 of 20 Hudson Yards. Or perhaps you're more the active sort, and into the stylings of Athleta? You'll also find them at 20 Hudson Yards, along with a large selection of women's activewear to take your workouts to the next level. Regardless of your particular tastes, Hudson Yards will probably have what you're looking for, and you might even score some nice deals while you're out there hunting for new clothes, fragrances, and accessories.

Having Fun Like Never Before

Beyond the food and shopping, Hudson Yards has positioned itself as a cultural bastion. You'll find landmarks like Snark Park, The Shed, Edge, and Vessel to explore, each bringing something a bit different to the table and offering you a chance to revel in just how magnificent New York City really is. Since it's currently summer, live performances and events are regularly dotting the calendar, so if you're into outdoor music, dance, art, and sampling local food on the fly, this is definitely the place to be. Hudson Yards claims to have it all, and we're inclined to believe them.

Getting There From 15 Cliff in Downtown Manhattan

As we mentioned earlier, Hudson Yards is just a few miles north of the amazing apartments at 15 Cliff, and getting there is a snap, whether you choose to go by car, taxi, rail or bus. Keep that in mind while you're surveying new spots to call home in Lower Manhattan, because 15 Cliff is the community that can put you near it all, while delivering on the sort of luxurious lifestyle and fabulous resident experience you're accustomed to. Downtown is an area that can't be beat, and if you want the enjoy it the way it was meant to be, you'll want to look into calling 15 Cliff home. Drop us a line, learn more about the community, and take a first step to viewing Manhattan from a whole new perspective you're sure to fall in love with.