Portions of Hudson Yards development open on Manhattan's West Side – WABC-TV

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Portions of Hudson Yards development open on Manhattan's West Side - WABC-TV

WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — Portions of the Hudson Yards development opened Friday, offering an experience of culture, art, and commerce all in one place.

For years there wasn’t much of a reason to visit this far west section of Midtown, there were only train yards there, but now it’s a brand new city.

This new neighborhood between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea opened Friday, starting with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

WATCH Friday’s complete opening ceremony

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Once completed, the development is expected to offer an economic jolt to Midtown with 40,000 new workers there occupying eight million square feet of office space.

There’s a recently-opened 7 train station, a new park, two residential buildings, 25 restaurants, and 100 new stores, anchored by Neiman Marcus.

“We tried to think about how New Yorkers use Manhattan and give them something a little better than what they’re used to,” said Jay Cross, President, Hudson Yards.

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“We have brought the leading brands in each category all under one roof,” said Etsy Ottensoser, Director of Retail. “We’ve created a shopping destination like no other.”

The artistic centerpiece of Hudson Yards is called “The Vessel.”

It features 154 flights of stairs totaling about a mile in length. It offers stunning views of the city.

It is free to the public, but you do need a ticket.

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