NYC & Company has initiated “2019: A Monumental Year” to focus attention on the exciting and groundbreaking unveilings throughout New York City this year.
Significant openings like Hudson Yards and prominent attractions such as the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) expansion; the debut of The Shed and Vessel, two architectural wonders; Empire Outlets on Staten Island, the city’s first and only shopping outlet destination; the new Statue of Liberty Museum and the ongoing revival of Lower Manhattan, along with multiple hotel additions are but some of the new experiences to look forward to in NYC this spring.
MCR and MORSE Development have rekindled the glamour of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA (Trans World Airlines) Flight Center at JFK Airport by restoring and reimagining it as an exclusive hotel. With 512 ultra quiet rooms overlooking JFK’s runways, guests can check out the 10,000 square foot rooftop observation deck as well as the museum devoted to the jet age!
But its pièce de résistance is the 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane that will morph into a cocktail lounge, parked right on the tarmac outside the TWA Hotel!
Also on the agenda is Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in the history of the United States which will be home to The Shed, a mind bogglingly fantastical cultural venue. The Shed’s Bloomberg Building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, is an ingenious 200,000 square foot structure that can physically transforms itself.
The McCourt, The Shed’s most iconic space, is formed by moving its outer shell over the adjoining plaza to create a 17,000 square foot light, sound and temperature controlled hall for large-scale performances, installations and events.
The adjustable shell which takes five minutes to deploy fully, moves on a double-wheel track influenced by gantry cranes found in shipping ports and railway systems. The exposed steel frame of the shell is clad in translucent pillows of a durable and lightweight Teflon-based polymer that lets in light besides withstanding hurricane force winds.
Also opening this spring is the heart of Hudson Yards, a colossal spiral staircase called the Vessel. This interactive structure was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a highlight from where people can view different perspectives of the city and one another from various heights, angles and vantage points.
Composed of 154 maze-like interlocking flights of stairs and 80 landings, this one mile vertical climb was inspired by the design of an Indian step well. Also on the cards this May is the opening of the brand new $70 million Statue of Liberty Museum™ which applies three main elements to its design – accessibility, education and sustainability.
The museum with panoramic views of the statue, will be enclosed in a state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified building replete with a ‘green’ roof and bird-safe glass exteriors. It’s environmentally responsible design and best practices for sustainability, boasts material re-use of the existing administration building. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is set above 500-year flood levels and is built to withstand hurricane force winds.
No city in the world is quite like New York with its buzz and energy and even if you’ve been there a million time, there is always something fun, new and exciting for everyone.