The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards

New York NY
(2012 - Ongoing)

The Public Square and Gardens at the Eastern Rail Yard, designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, will create a dynamic landscape destination at the center of Manhattan’s largest urban development. The 6-acre Square will offer large and small scale gathering spaces in cafes, gardens, and plazas. World-class events, art exhibitions, fountains, and entertainment will be a destination for neighborhood locals and tourists alike.

The Plaza seamlessly welcomes the public entering from the Highline, 11th Avenue, Hudson Boulevard, and the new number 7 Subway station in grand, geometric gestures that become the center of the public space. The landscape design for Hudson Yards employs spectacle, fountains, art, and horticulture to set it apart from its neighbors and create a memorable “Living Room for Manhattan’s West Side". Set in the heart of iconic new retail, residential, and cultural destinations that engage a global audience, a central formal plaza combines shade trees, dramatic fountains, a monumental piece of public art, and bold seasonally expressive horticulture. An immersive garden at the intersection of the Plaza and Hudson Park and Boulevard links the Retail Center with the E Tower in a large welcoming gesture to the city. 

Far beyond planting design the landscape coordinates the technical aspects of the public space including civil engineering for storm water management, ADA and emergency access to all areas, and structural engineering of the platform over the rail lines below. The Public Square and Gardens are sensational and inviting – combining a memorable landscape destination with changing exhibitions, events, and opportunities for relaxation and diversion.

Collaborators: Pine + Swallow, Northern Design, Paul Cowie, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC, CMS Collaborative, Mark Smallridge & Associates, Tony Sinkosky, Design Distill LLC