New York's $25 billion megadevelopment can withstand a superstorm or terrorist attack — even if the entire city shuts down

Business Insider | 3/14/2019 | Aria Bendix
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New York's largest and most expensive private real-estate development, the $25 million Hudson Yards mega-site, opens to the public on Friday.

The complex is designed to withstand major threats like hurricanes or terrorist attacks.

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Though it's not impervious to natural disasters, Hudson Yards can power itself during a storm, even if the entire city shuts down.

Whether you call it a "city within a city" or a living room for creative workers, Hudson Yards is by far the most grandiose development in New York City's recent history. At more than 18 million square feet, the dense configuration of buildings is large enough to host the entire population of Hartford, Connecticut — around 125,000 residents.

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It's also the most expensive real estate development in US history, with a price tag of $25 billion.

As the brainchild of Related Chairman Stephen Ross, whose portfolio includes New York's Time Warner Center and CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Hudson Yards follows in the legacy of sweeping development projects that define a city's axis. Where New Yorkers once flocked to Times Square or Grand Central, they might soon cluster at Hudson Rivers to eat, shop, or soak the sights along the western periphery.

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But Hudson Yards is more than just a collection of luxury skyscrapers. It's also a fortress that's built to survive off-grid in the event of hurricanes, floods, or terrorist attacks.

Recalling the September 11 attacks, the site's developers — Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group — undertook great efforts to mitigate acts of terrorism. They consulted with security teams, including the city's former police department commissioner, to prepare for active shooters and truck bombs, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The site is also prepared for the looming threat of natural disaster.

As a riverside development, Hudson Yards is located along New York City's 100-year flood plain, but the majority of buildings...
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