A number of mega developments and infrastructure projects are currently underway in New York City. In Manhattan, the most recent transport upgrade was in the form of a $4.5 billion Second Avenue subway line that opened in the first day of the January. The most expensive real estate development in the history of America is under construction in Hudson Yards.
On an island in the East River, a tech campus with classrooms, hotels and shops is being built Cornell University for its future graduate students. Once all the developments are completed, New York City will look different and it will become more interesting to new residents as well as tourists.
Some of the significant projects that have been completed from Manhattan to Brooklyn include:
- The site of the World Trade Center – the 16-acre Manhattan site of the Twin Towers has been redeveloped into 5 iconic office towers, a Memorial Plaza and museum, a new transit hub, a mall and a park. Still in the works are two more towers, a small church and a performing arts center.
- Essex Crossing – is the location of a $1.1 billion development that will include a movie theater, new street market, bowling alley and cultural space including 1,000 apartments for low, moderate and middle-income New York residents.
- Hudson Yards – will have a new neighborhood when the 28-acre mega development is completed by 2024. The development includes residential units, retail stores, restaurants, office buildings and a public square. At $20 billion, this is the most expensive real estate development in America’s history.
- Hunters Point South is a 30-acre mega development in Long Island. It includes 5,000 units, half of which will be offered below market rates. The site will also include a school, retail stores and restaurants with a waterfront park with a ferry.
For first-time visitor to New York, the best tool that can be used to find directions easily is the New York City Illustrated Map that is far easier to understand. Well known landmarks, buildings and establishments are artistically represented on the illustrated map so that a visitor can easily identify his present location and avoid getting lost.