The de Blasio administration announced that the City will begin the process of acquisition, design and construction of Phase II of the City’s Master Plan for Hudson Yards. This final phase includes approximately three acres of all-new parkland, created by extending Hudson Boulevard and Park over the Amtrak rail cut which currently runs from West 36th Street to West 39th Street.
“Every New Yorker deserves well designed public space,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In a growing neighborhood like Hudson Yards, three acres of new parks is a vital investment in the wellbeing of residents for generations to come.”
“Today’s approval for additional investment in Hudson Yards allows us to fulfill our commitment to deliver to the Hudson Yards community three acres of new parkland – and demonstrates a smart approach to building density. I want to thank Speaker Johnson and the Council for their partnership in this effort,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
“Completing this park has been a goal of the West Side community for years,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “Securing this financing is an important step in ensuring that this neighborhood has essential public green space as Hudson Yards grows. All New Yorkers and people from around the world will one day enjoy this remarkable public park in what is currently a rail-cut. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio, Community Board 4 and everyone else who helped make this a reality.”
“The history of development in NYC is based on the creation of great public places. As building continues at a record pace, this critical funding ensures that a huge gap in the public infrastructure and open space network of Hudson Yards will be completed,” said Angela Cavaluzzi, President of Hudson Yards Development Corporation.
“We are excited to see Phase II more than double the acres of green space at Hudson Yards,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “Projects like this increase our access to health, happiness and fun, and that’s a win for everyone.”
Phase II includes the investment of up to $500 million to complete infrastructure projects in the Hudson Yards Financing District, including the expansion of Hudson Boulevard and Park three blocks north from West 36th Street to West 39th Street. The construction of the Park and Boulevard will provide vital public space, and unlock the commercial development of the northern area of Hudson Yards. The addition of the new parkland expands Hudson Yards’ parkland by 75 percent.
The Hudson Yards Development Corporation will manage the acquisition, design, and construction process. Once completed, the land will be transferred to NYC Parks and the Department of Transportation, who will collaborate with the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District on daily management. The design process will begin this fall.