The first phase of Manhattan’s massive new Hudson Yards project has already begun.
Here’s what we know so far: The $15 billion, 26-acre mega-complex on the Far West Side will feature residential and office skyscrapers, a public square, a four-star hotel, and a huge sporting store.
That all sounds fine and dandy, but if the developers had asked us, here’s what we would have wanted in that space.
- A sport and concert venue worthy of the Center of the Universe. (Sorry Cablevision, The Garden’s renovation just doesn't cut it.)
- Flatten the undersized and outdated Javits Center and build the conference center of tomorrow today (and not in Queens).
- A mall-style food court--but instead of McDonalds and Subway, what's served is dumbed-down fare from all the great chefs whose restaurants you can't afford or can't get a reservation to (Michael White, we’re looking at you!).
- A casino or seven--Las Vegas on the Hudson and no need to drive 2.5 hours to AC to lose your shirt, oh, we mean WIN BIG!
- An amusement/water park--all the fun and thrills of Disney with a NYC vibe (translation: infinitely less awful).
- Massive indoor playspace for children (and husbands) with all the toys and electronics you can’t fit in your junior-4. Think of it as a basement you don't have to heat or clean (perfect for rainy/cold days). Childcare, manicurists, barristas (maybe even mixologists!) on hand.
- Drop-off bed bug fumigation facility that runs 24/7.
- IKEA (that also delivers and has a repair team on site). No need to schlep out to Jersey/Brooklyn/Long Island every time a piece of awesomely priced furniture inevitably breaks.
- Drive-in movie theater (bikes, scooters and skateboards welcome--this is New York after all).
- And just for sh-ts and giggles, a Xanadu-style roller rink