Hudson Yards

​The promise of Hudson Yards became reality in 2019 as one million square feet of retail space opened for business along with The Vessel, a soaring, public spiral staircase receiving substantial media coverage. The largest private real estate development in the history of the ​U.S. will also include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space​, 14 acres of open space​, a new public school, and other properties. AKRF played a lead role in preparing the Generic Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to SEQRA and CEQR guidelines, and we were responsible for analyzing land use; socioeconomic conditions; community facilities and open space; historic and archaeological resources; neighborhood character; and air quality.

We also prepared the air quality analysis and permitting efforts for a combined heat and power plant to be located on the retail podium for the Eastern Rail Yard portion of the site, and prepared the Environmental Assessment Statement for The Shed, a $400 million, 20,000-square-foot arts and performance space covered by a movable 4,000-ton shell carried along rails. AKRF also prepared the amended drainage plan for the Hudson Yards District.

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ENR New York named The Shed at Hudson Yards its 2019 Project of the Year. AKRF prepared the Environmental Assessment Statement for the unique $400-million, 20,000-square-foot arts and performance space.

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