On Manhattan’s west side near the High Line, a new arts center near 100 shops and restaurants is positioned to become a cultural and financial anchor in New York. The imminent opening of The Shed and recent grand opening of shops including Nieman Marcus in Hudson Yards reveal the way these two industries can collectively fortify a new development.
Arts Center in The Bloomberg Building: Unique Architecture
When The Shed opens on April 5, 2019, commissions will showcase the work of multidisciplinary visual and performing artists in The Bloomberg Building. The 200,000-square-foot movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, reflects the art center’s commitment to artistic invention and creative experiences.
The Shed’s eight-level base building includes two expansive, column-free galleries totaling 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space; a 500-seat theater that can be subdivided into more intimate spaces; and on the top floor, The Tisch Skylights for events and artist rehearsals and The Tisch Lab for artist development.
A movable outer shell can double the building’s footprint when deployed over the adjoining plaza to create The McCourt, a 17,000-square-foot light-, sound- and temperature-controlled space for large-scale performances, installations and events. The Shed’s most iconic space can
accommodate audiences ranging from 1,250 seated to more than 2,000 standing. When the space is not needed, the movable shell can nest over the base building, opening The Plaza for outdoor use and programming.
Shops in Hudson Yards: Neiman Marcus With Art Collection
The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards offer a prime example of collaboration among artists, business owners and technology specialists for mutually beneficial outcomes.
Popular celebrities appeared and performed during the recent grand opening of Neiman Marcus, adding extra glitter to the special events. Along with unique services and carefully selected products, an outstanding art collection distinguished the 188,000-square-foot store.
In keeping with the Neiman Marcus tradition, Hudson Yards displays new works from local artists or artists with strong ties to the area. Neiman Marcus worked directly with various galleries, dealers and artists to assemble the collection. The Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards Art Collection includes original Halston sketches, a Frank Stella painting, a Roy Lichtenstein print, photographs by Roxanne Lowit, and Bill Cunningham’s Battle of Versailles.
Art relocated from other stores includes pieces originally curated by Stanley Marcus. There are newly acquired pieces from international artists including Elias Sime, Ian Davenport, Shinpei Kusanagi and Caetano de Almeida. Neiman Marcus is also featuring a first-of-its-kind digitally curated art wall by artist Colby Mugrabi under her pseudonym Minnie Muse.
Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards collaborated with several companies including Related, Janson Goldstein, and Avro|Ko to create a space that connects the heritage of Neiman Marcus with the vibrancy and texture of the new Hudson Yards neighborhood.
Janson Goldstein’s intention was to connect the industrial aspects of NYC’s West Side with Neiman Marcus’ focus on modern luxury. The inspiration for the store design began as an interplay of the raw and the refined. Although the store’s palette was inspired by the industrial past of Hudson Yards, Janson Goldstein linked various elements through imaginative versus literal materials.
Neiman Marcus has a long history of supporting its communities since the company’s inception in 1907. In 2013, the store started focusing on organizations providing arts education and experiences to youth. In 2018, Neiman Marcus supported organizations reaching more than 2.5 million children through engaging, immersive and meaningful arts experiences.
A donation from Neiman Marcus for family and youth arts programs will allow the High Line to engage New Yorkers and visitors in a series of free public events this summer. These programs are designed to encourage creativity, add flavor to the High Line experience and support local youth.
Additional Information About Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards will be home to more than 100 shops and restaurants including leading brands in every category from luxury to fast fashion. The neighborhood will feature restaurants and food experiences by chefs and restaurateurs Thomas Keller, José Andrés, David Chang, Michael Lomonaco, Costas Spiliadis, rhubarb and Chef Peter Jin, D&D London and more; dynamic cultural institutions; 4,000 state-of-the-art modern residences; a new 750-seat public school; a 212-room Equinox Hotel®; and more than five acres of public plazas, gardens and groves.
Andrea Karen Hammer, a Philadelphia-based freelance writer, is the founder, CEO and owner of Artsphoria Media Group. She leads the operation and innovation at Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center, Artsphoria Event Planning, Marketing & Reporting (https://www.artsphoria.info); Artsphoria International Magazine (https://www.artsphoria.com), Artsphoria: Food for the Soul (https://artsphoria.live) and Artsphoria's Animation & Imagination World (https://www.artsphoria.net).