The Hudson Yards project will add 5,000 new housing units as an extension to the High Line.

In New York City, where unused space is hard to come by, construction has begun on a brand-new neighborhood. Aesthetically a continuation of the much-praised High Line elevated park, the Hudson Yards project will be built on platforms over active rail tracks. It will be a place where architects will have free reign, as many of the restrictions on building height and appearance will be absent.

More than 7 million square feet of construction in the Eastern Rail Yards will be underway by the year’s end, which will include, according to the press release, “two soaring commercial towers, more than 100 shops and restaurants, luxury and affordable residences, a boutique hotel, a unique cultural space and over six acres of open space.” The superblock, a practice of creating meticulously planned spaces cut off from the normal street grid, has returned with a new flair.

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