Travel New York City

Despite its proximity to Times Square and Chelsea, Manhattan’s far west side remained undeveloped for decades, the subject of countless competing visions of its future. In 2019, that future will arrive: the vast industrial parcel is poised to become a supersize neighborhood known as Hudson Yards. The $25 billion undertaking, whose first shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions open this March, will by 2024 encompass 16 residential and commercial buildings — most of them built on a giant platform over an active railyard — with more skyscrapers rising on the periphery. Hudson Yards’ Jetsonian vision is perhaps best exemplified by “Vessel,” a $150 million climbable sculpture conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. Around it is the Public Square & Gardens, a five-acre park, which will house 28,000 plants in an environment that’s temperature-controlled to offset the heat of the railyard below. The Shed, an eight-story performance and exhibition space, has a one-of-a-kind feature: a telescoping shell that allows the building to expand and contract to accommodate a variety of events and crowd sizes. The inaugural season is set to include a new play by poet Anne Carson that draws from Euripides’ “Helen” and a concert series curated by musician Quincy Jones and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Nearby, a seven-story building will house the city’s first Neiman Marcus and restaurants by such big-name chefs as Thomas Keller, David Chang, and José Andrés. Visitors can check in to the Equinox Hotel, slated to open this summer — the first property from the upscale fitness brand. There is a myriad of exotic hotels, vacation rentals and resorts that fit your taste no matter who you are. Here some unique places and things to do to make your New York City travel a fulfilling one. —Siobhan Reid