Every now and then it’s fun to wander around a familiar neighborhood and look at it with fresh eyes; to play the tourist in your home town. This past weekend, Gabe and I gave it a try, bundling up and heading over to Hudson Yards, the massive complex dominating the far west side of Manhattan. Under construction for years, it boasts an entertainment center, a 100-story observation deck, multiple restaurants, and plenty of places to shop. It even has its own subway stop!
We did a quick tour of the shopping area, which was quite impressive: lots of light streaming through the tall, glass walls; high-end boutiques for big spenders (or lookey-loos); and futuristic shops in which you can select your items and pay for them with your cell phone – no cashiers required.
For more information on all the attractions, check out the website.
What’s cool about Hudson Yards is that it connects directly to the High Line, a former railroad bed that was converted into a walking path bordered by birch trees, flower beds, and artwork. My first visit several years ago did not impress: it was 95 degrees and mobbed with tourists. Feeling claustrophobic while strolling outside was not the experience I had anticipated.
Happy to say that last weekend’s trek went a lot better. It was brisk and breezy, which probably mitigated the crowd situation, making for a pleasant excursion. And now there are art installments along the way, providing visual entertainment every few yards.
If you would like to learn more about the High Line, click here.
Here’s a sample of what we saw on Saturday:
From the subway station to the plaza:
Inside the shopping pavilion:
The Vessel as seen from inside the pavilion.
Walking the High Line:
Hope you enjoyed this quick exploration of Hudson Yards and the High Line. Have you experienced them for yourself? I’d love to hear what you loved and/or loathed about them. If you are planning a trip to New York City, consider doing what we did – starting at Hudson Yards and ambling south on the High Line. You’ll end up near plenty of restaurants and bars; perfect for a quick refreshment break.
Coming up next: a trip to Hudson River Park, a stroll around the West Village, and a fabulous dinner at my favorite restaurant, Wallsé.
Have a great week!