Not every project proposed in Midtown West is on the same scale as Related’s Hudson Yards development, as this example by Lee Harris Pomeroy shows. The residential development will straddle the High Line and 10th Avenue between 28th and 29th streets, helping anchor the gateway to Hudson Yards.
|High Line Project: Image from Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects|
Comprising 230,000 square feet, the project is modest in scope. Two main components make up the development–a 13-story boutique hotel, and a 25-story residential tower. The tower straddles both the High Line and 10th Avenue, while the hotel is only adjacent to the High Line.
The actual buildings themselves aren’t particularly appealing, but that’s not too big of a deal given the area’s future. The towers’ blandness will be overwhelmed by the neighboring Hudson Yards towers, which will absolutely dominate the entire neighborhood. Even nearby 500 West 30th–already under construction–will be taller than this project.
All in all, it’s an ok infill development. It is nice to see the boutique hotel connecting with the High Line, as it alleviates pedestrian traffic from the streets below to some degree while also enhancing the experience of pedestrians who do choose to use the High Line. Ultimately it will be the neighborhood as a whole and not just Related’s Hudson Yards that determines whether Midtown West becomes a neighborhood New Yorkers would love to live in.