Hudson Yards…New York’s Emerald City

The island of Manhattan is a tapestry of interconnected neighborhoods each with their own character and style. Hells Kitchen, Greenwich Village, The Meat Market, Soho, Battery Park City, Chinatown, little Italy and now Hudson Yards. On Manhattan’s west side, Hudson Yards is possibly the most creative undertaking the city has ever seen. If we can imagine the Highline as the Yellow Brick Road, then Hudson Yards is Oz. A dazzling array of shops, culinary experiences and dynamic cultural attractions. The jewel in the crown of Hudson Yards is the Equinox Hotel…A concept hotel focusing on health and well-being and that theme carries through the rooms and public space. As a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Health Coach, Chris Reed, the Director of Sales and Marketing, is the perfect individual to head up the hotel’s sales department. Chris summed up the hotels mission statement as follows. “Equinox Hotels was created to redefine new luxury as the ultimate in experience, as a seamless extension of a life well-lived, elevating fitness, culture, nutrition and community for those who rest and play as hard as they work.”

   

With a spectacular view of the Hudson River, The Equinox delivers on this promise with a 60,000 square foot fitness club. Hotel guests have access to a comprehensive Equinox experience including signature group fitness classes, private pilates, personal training, spa and indoor saltwater lap pool.

The rooms are designed as the transcendent sleep chamber with soundproof and total blackout windows. The mattresses are made of CocoMat, an all-natural fiber that adapts to any shape and form.

The hotel restaurant and bar, by renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr, features an 8000 sq. ft. outdoor terrace. Menus balance flavor and fuel in equal measure. And here’s a service that I doubt you will find anywhere else. Designed in collaboration with the Equinox Health Advisory Board, guests will have access to in-room IV Vitamin Drips to boost energy or improve hydration.

   

The Equinox hotel is only one piece of the magnificent development that is Hudson Yards. In Oz, the Cowardly Lion was in search of Courage…You’ll need some of that to step out on The Edge. A glass floor one hundred stories high offers incredible 360-degree views of the Big Apple. My knees are buckling just thinking about it. The Scarecrow wanted a brain…that would come in handy trying to wend your way up to the top of The Vessel. A maze of 154 interconnecting stairs…2500 steps and 80 landings. It takes your breath away…in more ways than one. The Tin Man wanted a heart…The Shed will offer a variety of artistic endeavors…music, dance, theater, painting etc. All guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. And for those just looking to sit back and watch the world go by, there are acres and acres of green space. Dorothy clicked her heels to go home…after a day in Hudson Yards, you need only call an Uber.

Blog Post Written by: Frank Stapleton