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First Look: The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards opens its doors

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One million square feet of new retail space — or a mile of shopping and dining spaces — is now open on the far West Side of Manhattan.

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards officially opened to the public on Friday, March 15, as part of the grand opening of Hudson Yards, the expansive new complex that is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. Also open is the center’s 150-ft. tall, 16-story interactive sculpture, the Vessel, which offers stunning views of the entire project.

Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, the retail center features more than 100 stores, spread across seven levels. The tenant mix is diverse and is designed to appeal to both lower-end and higher-end shoppers. It combines experiential retail concepts and the first permanent stores from many digitally native brands, such as Mack Weldon with upscale and mass market mainstays across nearly every category, from Sephora and Lululemon to H&M and Uniqlo to Cartier and Dior.

Neiman Marcus anchors the center — the sleek, high-tech 188,000-sq.-ft. flagship is the retailer’s first-ever store in New York City. The center is also home to the city’s first Forty Five Ten. The 16,000 sq. ft. outpost of the Dallas-based boutique features four distinct storefronts. A space called 3DEN offers a break (for a cost) from all the action, allowing shoppers to rest in a nap pad, meditate on yoga mats, grab a quick shower, take a phone call in a sound-proof booth and use restrooms.

The dining options are equally diverse, with options that range from the casual to the luxe. It includes several concepts from celebrity chefs. The Neiman Marcus store alone has three restaurants.

Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, The Shops & Restaurants pay homage to the industrial past of its West Side locale. Inside, steel and dark wood evoke the rail yards that once dominated the area. Natural stone floors and exposed support structures contribute to the rough-hewn, urban elegance of the vertical retail “neighborhood.”

“We curated The Shops & Restaurants with New Yorkers and the customer in mind – offering a diverse array of leading brands across categories and price-points, bringing new experiences, creating a suite of hospitality amenities never seen before in a shopping center, and embracing demand for differentiated dining and cultural experiences,” said Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, the mixed-use division of Related Companies. “We are extremely excited to share with New York this group of retail and restaurateur partners that shared our forward-thinking vision and have poured an incredible amount of creativity into their concepts.

The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards are only one component of the massive development. In addition, and upon full completion, Hudson Yards will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, approximately 4,000 residences. It will also house The Shed, New York’s first arts center to commission new work across the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and the first-ever Equinox Hotel with more than 200 rooms — all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests.
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