Hey, remember that $200 million Hudson Yards sculpture? The one that was said would “become to New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris?”
We don't know if it lives up to that name. Check out the designs for yourself.
Renderings for Vessel (a temporary name, according to Curbed NY), designed by Thomas Heatherwick, were unveiled at the site of the Hudson Yards megaproject during a press conference last week.
"This will be one of the great public squares of New York City," said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the press conference, noting that Vessel will be a "must-see and a
must-walk for all New Yorkers."
Considering the sculpture– er, it's allegedly very important that it's classified as a landmark's 154 flights of stairs, we think Mayor de Blasio might be underestimating some of "all New Yorkers'" priorities.
TimeOut reports that the copper and glass landmark's 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings add up to a whole mils of pathways that rise from a 50-foot diameter base, before it widens at the top to 150 feet.
Impressive? Definitely. New York's Eiffel Tower? Not sure yet.
New York's Dope Ass Beehive? Most definitely maybe. Vessel is being created in Italy, then being assembled in New York when it's shipped over, sometime in 2018, so we'll see then.
Check Hudson Yards' super convenient introduction vid.
It will be placed in the middle of the Hudson Yards megaproject, which spans 5 whole acres. From the top of Vessel, New Yorkers will be able to see the whole public plaza, which includes a garden featuring nearly 30,000 native plants, a 200-foot fountain, and pleeenty of public seating. It's gonna be cray.
But this isn't even the largest project NYC's undergoing right now.
It's still in the proposal stage so far, but a global construction and engineering firm is proposing a megaproject twice the size of Hudson Yards' in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
It would span 80 acres and the three rough plans, as reported by Curbed NY, are the following:
"1. 25 million square feet of development would fund 6,250 affordable units, protection along 2.5 miles of the waterfront, $50 million in annual tax revenue, but not enough funds for a subway extension
2. 35 million square feet could create 8,750 affordable apartments, protection along the entire Red Hook waterfront, $90 million in annual tax revenue, 50 acres of new park space, and some amount of funding for the subway extension
3. 45 million square feet of development could fund 11,250 affordable apartments, waterfront protection, improvement of neighborhood streets along a 5.7-mile stretch, create $130 million in tax revenues for the city, 100 acres of new park space, and almost entirely fund the subway expansion."
Again, this is still in preliminary stages, but renderings of the project have been producted. Check 'em out.
[via Curbed NY] [Feature Image Courtesy Curbed NY]