Related Unveils Hudson Yards Designs

Last week The New York Observer (and later, Curbed) published new renderings of Related's proposed development at the rail yards.

EnlargeRelated's plans for the Hudson Yards

The slideshow includes this image of one of the renderings showing the High Line on the Eastern Rail Yards, with the caption, "Long Live the High Line."

This view is looking north from Section 2 of the High Line, from approximately West 29th Street. In the middle of the frame is the High Line's 30th Street elevator, currently under construction. Beyond the elevator, the image shows a portion of the High Line's 10th Avenue Spur, on the north side of West 30th Street, in front of the new commercial building on the rail yards site.

EnlargeRelated's plans for the Hudson Yards

The slideshow also includes a site plan that shows the High Line wrapping around the entire Eastern and Western Rail Yards sites, continuing all the way from 10th Avenue and West 30th to West 34th Street.

What does this all mean for the High Line?

  1. We're making progress. From these drawings, it looks like Related is planning on incorporating the majority, if not all, of the High Line into their plans for the site. We want to thank Related and the MTA for their ongoing cooperation and collaboration to ensure that the entire historic High Line is preserved as part of their long term development of the site.

  2. We need to keep working. These images are just renderings, not definitive plans, which means they can change. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the entire High Line is preserved and treated respectfully throughout the entire development process. If you'd like to support our efforts, we are nearing the end of a special matching gift challenge from the The New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund. All gifts, up to $70,000, that are made before December 31, will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Although The Observer notes that the High Line's future was "ensured" by the City Council last summer, that is not quite accurate. The City Council took the historic step of giving the City permission to acquire the remaining portions of the High Line at the rail yards, but the acquisition has not yet happened. We are actively working with all the stakeholders—the City, Related, MTA, and the current owner of the High Line, CSX Transportation—to move forward with acquisition, so that we can complete the High Line and open the High Line at the rail yards to the public as quickly as possible.

Read more about our efforts at the High Line at the rail yards on our Web site.

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