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Hudson Yards
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Master Plan (2003)
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Master Plan
Hudson Yards Graphic In June 2002 the Department of City Planning, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, engaged a multi-disciplinary Urban Design consultant team to create a master plan for the transformation of the Hudson Yards area. The design team, led by Cooper, Robertson & Partners, assisted the department in developing a comprehensive, integrated urban design plan for a vibrant new central business district and mixed-use community. The plan envisions a built environment that integrates design excellence with public open space and streetscape improvements. It is a plan that reclaims the streets for pedestrians, establishes a human scale and recaptures this long-neglected area as a vital part of Midtown and New York City.

This project provides the rarest of opportunities to build a vast and dynamic district at the heart of our city, a place where people will want to work, live, visit and invest. This district will reinforce the thriving neighborhoods to the north, east, and south, while creating a vibrant new place with generous open spaces, an inviting waterfront, new residential and office development, 24-hour activities, and innovative architecture worthy of New York City. Working together, we can turn this vision into reality, providing for the city's long-term health and vitality.

At a public forum held in November 2002, the department and the consultants presented the site analysis, providing an overview of the Hudson Yards area today including its assets and challenges, and a vision and roadmap for change.

On February 10, 2003, the department held a second public forum at which a Preferred Direction for the planning of the Hudson Yards area was presented. The presentation reviewed the assets and challenges of the Hudson Yards area and described the rationale for its future redevelopment.

The Preferred Direction proposes a series of public sector actions that would be the catalyst for this new district: expansion of mass transit, development of great public buildings, creation of a dynamic and place-defining open space network, and restructuring of the existing zoning districts to provide a vibrant mix of uses and great architecture. A synopsis of the Preferred Direction Plan is contained in the following PDF document:

PDF Doument Preferred Direction Plan - February 2003 (1.70 MB)

Urban Design Master Plan Consultant Team:

Cooper Robertson & Partners Architects/ Urban Designer
Arquitectonica Architects
Olin Partnership Landscape architects
Battle McCarthy Ltd Sustainable Design Consulting Engineer
Flack + Kurtz Sustainable Design
Philip Habib & Associates Traffic Consultant
Thornton Thomasetti Engineering Services

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