50 Hudson Yards Celebrates Grand Opening in Hudson Yards, Manhattan

50 Hudson Yards (center). Photo by Michael Young

Last Wednesday, developers Related Companies, Mitsui Fudosan America, and Oxford Properties celebrated the grand opening of 50 Hudson Yards, a 78-story supertall commercial skyscraper in Hudson Yards. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 1,011-foot-tall structure is the largest building by volume in the first phase of the Hudson Yards complex and the fourth-largest in the city overall, yielding 2.9 million feet of office space. ArcelorMittal provided the steel components, R&R Scaffolding provided the BMU equipment, Langan Engineering is the civil and environmental engineer, and WSP is the structural and MEP engineer for the $3.8 billion project, which occupies a full block bound by West 34th Street to the north, West 33rd Street to the south, Tenth Avenue to the east, and Hudson Boulevard to the west.

The exterior is clad in a symmetrical facade of floor-to-ceiling glass and Viscount white stone cutting a large-scale grid across the eastern and western elevations. The wider northern and southern sides have a greater vertical emphasis using straight lines of stone.

50 Hudson Yards (center). Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Below are images from the opening ceremony. From left to right, the first image shows Bruce Beal, Masanobu Komoda, John Westerfield, mayor Eric Adams, Stephen Ross, and Jeff Blau.

Image courtesy of Hudson Yards

Here, from left to right, we see Ana Berturna, Emad Lotfalla, Dean Shapiro, Lord Norman Foster, Rob Goldstein, John Westerfield, Masanobu Komoda, ambassador Mikio Mori, mayor Eric Adams, Kathy Wylde, Stephen Ross, Jeff Blau, Bruce Beal, Ken Wong, Takashi Yamamoto, Andrew Cantor, and councilman Erik Bottcher.

Image courtesy of Hudson Yards

Approximately 84 percent of the office space in 50 Hudson Yards is already leased by notable companies such as BlackRock, which will occupy 970,000 square feet, and Meta, which will take up 1.2 million square feet. Other tenants include Vista Equity Partners, Trust Financial, ServiceNow, Passkey, and XTX Markets. The 109-year old Jewish eatery Russ & Daughters recently announced a 4,500-square-foot outpost in the base of the tower, scheduled to open next spring. The restaurant will include a dining area, counter, a private event space, a bagel bakery, and a caviar and champagne bar. Foster + Partners is designing its interiors. Other retail tenants are expected to be announced in the next several months.

50 Hudson Yards (center). Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards is the fourth-largest office building in New York City by volume and is located directly in front of the 7 train entrance of the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station along Bella Abzug Park. To the east is Pennsylvania Station with access to the A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3 trains, Long Island Railroad (LIRR), and Amtrak. Nearby is the public plaza with Thomas Heatherwick‘s 15-story Vessel standing in front of the shopping mall between 10 and 30 Hudson Yards.

The developers are aiming for LEED Certification.

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16 Comments on "50 Hudson Yards Celebrates Grand Opening in Hudson Yards, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 26, 2022 at 9:25 am | Reply

    The ever-growing reputation of the high-rise building area combines, each tower is unique and spread beautiful design through its height, the fame of Hudson Yards easy to see on exterior: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. Danielle Dowling | October 26, 2022 at 9:32 am | Reply

    I love these beautiful buildings, in the city I love soo much!One day I would love to live in one of these beautiful building and I would cherish and appreciate it!

  3. 50HD turned out much better than I had anticipated. I thought the Spriral was going to be the better looking of the two, but clearly Foster+Partners had the better design.

  4. David in Bushwick | October 26, 2022 at 10:55 am | Reply

    One of Foster’s better, constrained designs.
    Blackrock and Meta, wow – the tower of evil…

  5. 50 Hudson Yards is probably the best building in Hudson Yards. Unlike the others, it doesn’t try to show off and become a product design. This actually has a thoughtful design with a beautiful curtain wall treatment that’s not just a large mass of the glass. (I’m looking at you, Spiral.) Overall, this is a great design.

  6. I feel like I am looking at Dallas

  7. So disappointingly mediocre. And who decided that every tower in Hudson Yards must be blue glass and devoid of texture?

    • You just described the majority of skyscrapers built in the 21st century in America. Boring safe buildings for boring safe people. Or blank buildings for blank people. Or even better hyper normal d-bag storage lockers.

  8. You could call this design timeless in that except for its size it looks a lot like the later Rockefeller Center buildings on the west side of 6th Avenue. Nobody liked them very much when they were built sixty years ago. Still, I guess it’s an accomplishment to make the largest building in Hudson Yards pretty much invisible.

  9. All of Hudson Yards is a horror. Not a trace of real City Life there. I hope it all fails and gets turned into affordable housing.

  10. A 1011′ building ‘squashed’ between two taller neighbors..bizarre.

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