Hudson Yard's Residential Tower Tops Out
The second tallest tower in the Hudson Yards development—35 Hudson Yards—has finally topped out at 1,009 feet, marking the latest milestone in the project. The building is the ninth tallest in New York City and the 19th tallest in the U.S.
According to New York YIMBY, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are behind the development. The neighboring property—30 Hudson Yards—is also close to topping out, but has not quite reached that point.
Even though construction continues, the Hudson Yards project has not been without its issues. In May, the latest lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, alleged that the owner of New York Concrete, John Russo, created an “alter-ego” firm named New Leaf to perform construction work, with the goal of allowing Related to skirt paying union wages and benefits.
The unions charged that the scheme was hatched after Related asked the unions to perform work at 50 Hudson for reduced pay, which the unions declined.
Last year, a different company, Navillus Contracting, was ordered to pay $76 million after it was found guilty of colluding with Related on a similar scheme on an Upper East Side project.
Related filed a suit in February against the Building Construction Trades Council and Gary LaBarbera, BCTC president of Greater New York, claiming that they had unions violated agreements on purpose to cost the developer money.
David Childs, chairman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, designed the building; Childs is most known for designing the One World Trade Center.
The 72-story-tall Hudson Yards structure houses 1.055 million square feet of space, with 137 residences and an Equinox hotel. Building residents will have access to a sky lobby and spa amenities. Retail spaces are planned for the first and second floors, with office space planned for higher floors. The structure was designed with LEED Gold certification in mind.
“Terraces at each setback create outdoor gardens that become smaller and more frequent toward the top of the tower,” SOM writes on its website. “Clad in limestone and glass, the building's facade unifies the variety of programmatic elements stacked within.”
Completion is slated for 2019.