New York City is always evolving -- and these days, that's particularly true of the fast-growing district surrounding the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center is underway at Hudson Yards, just north of the Javits Center.
Scheduled for completion at varying dates from 2018 on, the Hudson Yards site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space. This will include more than 100 shops including New York's first Neiman Marcus, a collection of restaurants curated by Chef Thomas Keller, and approximately 4,000 residences. Other new offerings will include The Shed, a new center for artistic invention; 14 acres of public open space; and an Equinox-branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms. The first Aloft Hotel on Manhattan's West Side is also in the works, adding another 420 guest rooms to the city's inventory.
"For meetings delegates, the new Hudson Yards development will mean more access to outstanding venues, world-class dining, and retail options, and close proximity to an expanded High Line Park and a soon-to-be expanded Javits Center," said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company's president and CEO.
The convention center itself is also undergoing a transformation. The $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center currently underway will include a 55,000-square-foot ballroom -- not only New York City's largest but the largest in the Northeast. The expansion will also include the addition of 90,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space to create an approximately 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall; 45,000 square feet of meeting room space; and a green-roof terrace and pavilion that can accommodate 1,500 people for outdoor events.
The expansion will give the Javits Center the chance to attract higher-spending, large-scale trade shows and conventions, while enhancing the quality of life for the West Side community. In addition, the construction of an on-site truck marshaling, loading, and storage facility will reduce the move-in and move-out process for events by 30 percent, leading to an additional 20 days for new events and additional economic activity.
"For the past 30 years, the Javits Center has fueled the Empire State's economic engines, and thanks to Governor Cuomo's vision, we will unlock this New York icon's true potential and host the most dynamic events anywhere in the world," Alan Steel, president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center, said at the beginning of this year. "With a recent renovation and a rapidly changing West Side neighborhood, there has never been better time to visit the Javits Center, and this new project will showcase our spaces to new audiences for generations to come."