Summary of “Horror on the Hudson: New York’s $25bn architectural fiasco”

“‘One thing that’s always been true in New York,” says Dan Doctoroff, “Is that if you build it, they will come.” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25bn, 28-acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s.
The first phase of Hudson Yards opened last month and people have indeed come – mostly to gawp at how it could have been allowed to happen.
Walking through Hudson Yards feels like browsing a cladding depot, where panels of curtain-wall glazing, brushed aluminium and bits of stone collide in a wonky collage.
The first megalith to come into view is 30 Hudson Yards, the larger of a pair of towers designed by stalwarts of corporate Americana, Kohn Pedersen Fox.
“Vessel TKA”, as it is officially known while it awaits the result of its public naming competition, has proved to be a magnet for near-universal ire, but it is by no means the worst thing in Hudson Yards.
Used as a freight yard for decades, Hudson Yards had a chequered history.
As a 2017 report by the Municipal Art Society of New York revealed, dozens of separate land-use applications have been approved since the environmental impact assessment of the initial rezoning, resulting in huge increases of floor area.
This swollen appendage to Manhattan is not a new neighbourhood for New York, but a blunt vehicle for making money, a strange offshore tumescence of global capital to service multitudes of Canadian public-sector pensioners, hundreds of miles away.

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