On Monday night, over 200 interested members of the community (as well as political figures such as New York State Senator Tom Duane
) gathered at the Hudson Guild
at an event sponsored by Community Board 4
and the Hudson Yards Community Advocacy Coalition that included presentations from the five developers who have submitted plans for the rail yards. After the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to break into small groups to discuss the plans and give their feedback in a formal way.
Photos of the event can be found here
CB4 prepared a handy info sheet
(PDF) comparing each plan by the numbers. A summary from the community discussion will be available soon.
The developers' presentations were short and business-like, as they labored mightily to conform to a time limit of ten minutes per proposal. That was still plenty of time for lots of shiny pictures (and in the case of the Durst/Vornado plan, a snappy video
), as well as for some revealing rhetorical moments. A brief digest after the jump.