Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015

Revenge of the Megaprojects: How Hudson Yards Will Grow 200 Trees Over a Rail Yard

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Years into the future, when Hudson Yards finally reaches its end stages, a substantial portion of its permanent residents won’t be human—they’ll be plants.The Public Square at Hudson Yards, an elevated six-acre open space, will contain roughly 28, 000 plants, including a forest of 200 trees, along with insects and small avian creatures.

What complicates things is that the park, like much of Hudson Yards, is being built on top of a working rail yard, and the heat from the trains—up to 150 degrees—would render any above soil inhospitable for trees and such.

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