New York

How This New NYC Plaza Was Built on Top of a Huge Train Platform

It's one of the busiest railroad corridors in the US.

Photo courtesy of Brookfield Properties
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Properties
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Properties

Almost like century-old European cities, you never know what’s below your feet in NYC-whether you’re standing on the ground above a subway line or above a hidden club is hard to tell.

If you’re strolling through the plaza right in front of One Manhattan West in Midtown Manhattan, though, you’re definitely walking on a big train platform. In fact, the train platform is what allows you to stand on the plaza in the first place.

As the New York Times reports, the public plaza was built through a platform sitting on top of over 15 train tracks. Brookfield Properties, which is the developer behind the endeavor, invested $280 million in the process, which took two years to complete.

The underground tracks constitute one of the busiest railroad corridors in the US. Henry Caso, senior V.P. of construction for Brookfield, told the New York Times that if the plaza had a glass bottom, people would be able to see trains moving below their feet.

Considering the large number of people enjoying the space each week (estimated at around 40,000), the glass floor would surely be one of the many attractions the plaza and surrounding buildings (One Manhattan West, Two Manhattan West, and Citizens New York) have to offer. Refined dining options as well as stores attract visitors every day, from the recently-opened and LA-famous Katsuya Sushi to a Whole Foods outpost and even the NHL Shop. Starbucks Coffee and Bluestone Lane are also part of the list, and hungry guests can enter the Citizens building for a slew of dining options to choose from.

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New York

A New Waterfront Park with Incredible Views Just Opened in Williamsburg

It's a new section of Bushwick Inlet Park.

Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks

New Yorkers will now have a new spot to lounge and relax this summer.

Located at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a new section of Bushwick Inlet Park opened by the water, offering incredible views and curated green spaces to residents and tourists alike. Equipped with bike paths and a sports field and adorned with flowers and new plants, the new space is set to become one of Williamsburg’s main public spaces.

Featuring benches and an elevated lawn on an artificial hill, the new two-acre park encourages visitors to sit down and take in the breathtaking waterfront views of NYC’s skyline. Originally, the new space opened in April, but it was only open on weekends as a pop-up. Now, it is finally open seven days a week, and it welcomes guests from 7 am–10 pm.

To celebrate the new opening, the park is going to host events all summer, from music concerts to movie screenings. For more information and to stay update with the programming, you can visit the park’s website. Take a look at some photos of the new space below:

Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks

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