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I decided to start a specific thread so people (myself included) don't have to post park / blvd / 7 train station constructions photos on HY tower threads.

Hudson Park and Boulevard

Hudson Park & Boulevard, an approximately 4 acre system of broad tree-lined parks and open space, will run between 10th and 11th Avenues from West 33rd to West 39th Streets. The Park will extend from West 33rd to West 39th Streets. The Boulevard will extend from West 33rd to West 38th Streets on the east side of the Park and from West 35th to West 38th Streets on the west side, and will be approximately 30 feet wide. The Park & Boulevard will be built in two phases. The first phase presently under construction, is located between West 33rd and West 36th Streets. The second phase, located between West 36th Street and West 39th Street, is not currently. An amendment to the City Map was filed in November 2006 to establish this new Park & Boulevard system from West 33rd to West 39th Streets.

Hudson Park & Boulevard, a fundamental element of the new Hudson Yards district, will help transform the area from a desolate industrial neighborhood to a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district. The Park will be the green center at the heart of this newly created neighborhood. With entrances through each of the newly designed east- west side streets, the Park will provide much needed open space for area residents, workers and visitors. Hudson Park, which will be bordered by the pedestrian friendly Hudson Boulevard, will accommodate both larger paved areas for public events as well as smaller more intimate spots tucked within the shrubs and trees. This environmentally sustainable park will offer a variety of activities ranging from grassy areas for picnicking or tossing a Frisbee to walking paths that meander through the landscape to intimate shady nooks for reading and relaxing. Larger public gatherings and events such as farmer's markets and outdoor movies can also be integrated into the Park. When complete, Hudson Park will become an instant favorite, joining this city's other great urban public spaces like Bryant Park, Union Square Park and Hudson River Park.

The No. 7 Subway Extension will have two entrances in the Park. The principal entrance will be located between West 33rd and West 34th Streets and a second entrance will be located in the Park between West 34th and 35th Streets. New commercial buildings constructed along the Park and Boulevard will also have entrances on the Boulevard.

A world class, multi-disciplinary design team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Landscape Architects completed design of phase one of Hudson Park & Boulevard in January 2012 and construction began in Summer 2012. Phase one of the Park & Boulevard will be open with the No. 7 Subway in 2014.
Original full-scale plan (note, some labels are no longer accurate):



Current plan for Phase 1, under construction now:



Park design between 33rd and 34th:



New 7 train subway entrance:



Park design between 34th and 35th:



Park design between 35th and 36th:

 

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They are supposed to open Phase 1 when the new 7 subway station opens, which is slated to happen in November of this year. Given the progress, I'd say only the section between 33rd and 34th St will be ready by then. We'll see.

As for anything north of 36th St, there are no concrete timetables that I know of.
 

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Nice park. Interesting to see that construction started before most of the towers. They won't get in each others way, I guess.
"Nice park" - come & visit!

You bring up a good point, which is also an illustration of how complex this overall "Hudson Yards" project is due to all the stakeholders. This section of the park also sits on top of #7 subway extension related construction and that was LONG in the planning pipeline. The foundations of some of the Hudson Blvd towers will be provided by the #7 subway infrastructure also...
Also keep in mind that this area suffered a major disaster (SS Sandy way back in November '12) from which we are still rebuilding, updating plans, lining up funding, etc.

I'm reposting this Justin Whiteford (KPF) photo from 5/2 because he has a good vantage point on top of the current 10 HY construction to capture the park. Hudson Blvd Park is on left, center (Th; Justin is looking north from 10 HY whereas some of the J-biz 5/2 photos are looking south FROM the current almost-completed park sections AT 10 HY:

Justin Whiteford/themodulorman, of KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, HY master planner)
"beginnings
Tower A is officially under way."
 

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Mr. Flint has photo updates from 5/17

Mr. Flint's West Side photo survey includes a bunch of views of the still-under-construction Hudson Park Blvd between 33rd & 35th?36th? streets.

I've posted my crop of his photo of the #7 subway entrance/Hudson Blvd Park looking south from the north side of 34th st. 10 HY is rising behind the newly planted/blooming trees. The sliver of dark gray vent building on photo edge right will be overbuilt by 55 Hudson Blvd:


flickr alex flint
more here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/leeloo2003leeloo/14205599061/
 

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The website Bisnow posted a "sneak peak" of Hudson Blvd and park, see it here. Apparently that structure between 35th and 36th is NOT the second subway entrance, but a cafe.


... at 36th Street, a cafe/concession stand already is in the works...the Hudson Yards/Hell's Kitchen BID, formed just weeks ago, likely will be active in the City's RFP and selection process.


Paving for the winding sidewalk has begun, and the Dickensian light posts that line it already are up.


This may look like the beginnings of a streetlight, but it's actually an art installation designed by James Carpenter Design Associates. The installation will be 50 feet tall and will have 20 light sources, so both the pole and the surrounding ground will be canvases for the light show.


Just south of 35th Street, the 7 train's northern exit is taking shape. To the left of these stairs, four escalators will take passengers 40 feet down to the turnstiles, and then another set of escalators will go another 80 feet to the platform, which will stretch two blocks to the station's southern entrance at the foot of Moinian's 3 Hudson Blvd.


...To create rolling hillsides, geofoam is cheaper than real dirt ... Just stack a few tiers of foam like steps, cover with sand to make an even slope, and put down some soil.


The southern 7 train entrance, just south of 34th, gives a closer glimpse at what the finished product will look like. ... the 7 train stop at Hudson Boulevard is designed to handle 30,000 people an hour.


The park from 33rd to 34th shows off the almost finished product.
 

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When will some of these small park areas be open?
Surely before the surrounding towers other wise it's a bit strange to be building these parks so early?
The bisnow.com article states: the 33rd to 36th stretch will deliver by the end of the year, which is consistent with my recollections.
The main subway entrances (elevator (ADA access), stairs&escalator) between 33rd & 34th HAVE to be open when the #7 subway extension opens in November...

This bisnow.com photo (looking SSW) shows the stairs&escalator entrance beneath the canopy; the elevator is in a separate structure that is out-of-view behind the canopy. The west curb for Hudson Blvd East is in the bottom left of the photo. AFAIK Hudson Blvd East will dead end for a while at 33rd street due to the current large elevation difference between Hudson Blvd East (built up) and 33rd st (much lower). With HB East as northbound (from 33rd to 34th) I doubt this section of Hudson Blvd will be open for vehicular traffic this year...

www.bisnow.com
 

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I think this project is a fantastic idea. The future of high density urban cities must include these kinds of creative parkways to relieve the inhabitants of too much concrete! It's a really fine example of how to make a park elegant, useful and modern in design. Serves as an example to the world in my opinion.
 

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Is the sculpture set to rival the Eiffel Tower still planned? I'll admit that's one of my favorite mysteries. Hopefully they reveal something soon!
 
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