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On Thursday night, a few lucky New Yorkers got the first taste of the brand new Hudson Yards.

Located in Manhattan’s Midtown West area, Hudson Yards is practically a brand new neighborhood comprised of stunning residences, shops, restaurants, a hotel, an observation deck and public gardens. According to Hudson Yards’ website, it is “the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States” and “includes more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops and restaurants, The Shed, 14 acres of open space and the world’s first Equinox Hotel®.”

To say this is big deal would be a vast understatement — Hudson Yards has without a doubt changed New York’s skyline.

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Inside New York’s new Hudson Yards

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A view of the crowd at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration – Milos Private Party on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Related)

Theory at Hudson Yards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: UNIQLO, Nina Agdal and Leigh Lezark Celebrate Store Opening with VIP Event at Hudson Yards, NYC on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for UNIQLO )

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A view of the party in The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration – Milos Private Party on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Related)

M.Gemi at Hudson Yards

3DEN at Hudson Yards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: An inside view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Presentation Celebration Event – Red Carpet Arrivals on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: An outside view of the Vessel at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration – Milos Private Party on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Related)

Cremieux at Hudson Yards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: An outside view of the Vessel at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A clean view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Art on display at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A clean view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A clean view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Art on display at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: A clean view of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Related)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: An outside view of the Vessel at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Related)

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Open to the public starting on Friday, March 15th, visitors can now come visit Manhattan’s west side and never really have to leave. 

The VIP Opening Event held on Thursday was definitely a party for the books. Celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Andy Cohen and Arianna Huffington walked the red carpet, while guests were treated to drinks and light bites from several of the new restaurants, including those run by world-class chefs. Guests mingled with champagne glasses in-hand as they walked through all of the stunning new retail shops. Some stores opened their first New York locations, and we’re happy to report that NYC finally has a brick and mortar Neiman Marcus.

The next time you’re in the city, you’re going to want to make time to stop by Hudson Yards.

See which famous faces turned up to celebrate with New York in the gallery below:

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Celebrities at the Hudson Yards opening

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Anne Hathaway at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Dylan Sprouse at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Karlie Kloss at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Andy Cohen at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Lin-Manual Miranda at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Diane von Furstenburg at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Arianna Huffington at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Coco Rocha at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Billy Porter at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Stacey Bendet at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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Vera Wang at the Hudson Yards Opening in New York.

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