On paper, Hudson Yards has been touted as an infrastructure marvel and a “city within a city” for years, and now the first piece of the megaproject has at long last come to life.
Ten Hudson Yards, one of many buildings to rise in the newly created West Side enclave, made its official debut this week with a reception to welcome its first big-name tenant, Coach Inc., to the 52-story office tower at the corner of W. 30th St. and 10th Ave.
“This is a great day for me. In 2008 we envisioned what Hudson Yards might be, and to see this first building opening, I gotta tell you, it’s a very exciting thing, ” said Stephen Ross, founder and chairman of Related Companies, which is developing the project with Oxford Properties.
“This is just a preview of what’s to come, but I think you can see the quality of what we’re doing here, and what our vision is.”
Ross was surrounded by Coach employees in the building’s second-floor lobby on Tuesday morning, as workers in hard hats could be seen working on the platform that will carry an entire neighborhood — built atop active train yards — just outside.
The tower broke ground in December 2012 and is the first one to open in the new 28-acre neighborhood.
Five more skyscrapers, a shopping and restaurant complex, a cultural center and a six-acre public plaza will be added by 2019 alone, when the first phase of the project from W. 30 to W. 34th Sts. and 10th to 11th Aves. is completed.
When fully occupied, 10 Hudson Yards itself will house 7, 000 employees. Move-ins from L’Oréal, SAP, The Boston Consulting Group, VaynerMedia, Intersection, Sidewalk Labs and Coach — which only moved a quarter of its 1, 200-person staff this week — will continue through the end of the year.