Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. Yesterday morning, YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building’s parapet. While some steel remains to be installed before the crown is fully complete, the significance of this is akin to the topping of the spire of a cathedral. In this case, it is a monument to the capitalistic ideals that fuel the contemporary American economy.
Five and a half years after groundbreaking, the building is now officially 1,296 feet tall. 2.6 million square feet of office space will be contained within. The tower’s distinctive cantilevered terrace will become the highest public outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. It will be accompanied by a 10,000 square foot restaurant, bar, and event space, which will be managed by the Rhubarb hospitality group.
Kohn Pedersen Fox is responsible for the design.
Now that 30 Hudson Yards is complete, the only tower from phase one remaining to be finished is 50 Hudson Yards. Phase two will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch.
The full Hudson Yards development will create a total of 18 million square feet for mixed uses. Along with offices, there will be over 4,000 apartments and condominiums, 100 different retail venues, and fourteen acres of public space. The total cost of construction is currently estimated at $25 billion. The office campus is expected to contribute nearly $19 billion annually to the country’s GDP.
The Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development.
The area’s event center, named The Deck, is projected to open in late 2019. The retail space, Public Square, gardens, and Vessel are all expected to open in March of 2019.