Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall
No real estate developer has profited more from the High Line than Related Companies, the global giant.
Under its chairman, Stephen M. Ross, Related has, in recent years, become the biggest luxury developer in the neighborhood by a wide margin, erecting buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick, Robert A.M. Stern, among other marquee names, and last year completing the first phase of Hudson Yards, the largest mixed-use private real estate venture in American history.
A blue-glass megadevelopment with a supersized shopping mall and trash-basket-shaped tourist attraction called the Vessel, by Mr. Heatherwick, Hudson Yards rose from a massive deck that Related built atop a dozen acres of working rail tracks where the High Line jogs west from 10th Avenue along West 30th Street toward the Hudson River... [+]