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Manhattan Midtown West 2021 redevelopment

New York City pledges $51 billion for Midtown West architecture projects

A pier park and a rooftop farm atop the Javits Center will be built as part of a $51 billion investment in the Midtown West neighbourhood of New York City.

Governor Andrew Cuomo earmarked a significant chunk of his $306 billion infrastructure plan for the city for the neighbourhood while laying out his 2021 agenda.

Plans for Midtown West include turning a police vehicle compound on a waterfront pier into an extension of Hudson River Park.

Pier 76 of Manhattan Midtown West 2021 redevelopment
Top: renovations will continue at Penn Station. Above: Pier 76 will become a part of the Hudson River Park

The pier is currently used to store vehicles confiscated by the police for being parked illegally.

Renders released by the governor's office show the park as a sprawling outdoor seating and dining area, with colourful floor murals and pedestrian and cycle paths around the perimeter.

The expansion of the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, led by design consortium LendLease Turner, is already underway and is due to complete in March 2021.

The extension to the venue, which hosts events including the annual ICFF furniture fair, will add 1.2 million square feet of gallery and events space topped by a rooftop pavilion plus an acre of urban farmland.

Manhattan Midtown West 2021 redevelopment
An extension is planned to the south of Penn Station

Further development of Penn Station, New York's intercity rail hub, is also planned, following the opening of SOM's Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall earlier this month.

Dubbed the Empire Station Complex, significant reconstruction work is planned for the original building, which dates from 1910, as well as its newer underground sections. Property has been acquired to the south of the existing station for an extension and eight more train tracks.

Manhattan Midtown West 2021 redevelopment
The extension will add eight more train tracks

This work on Penn Station is being undertaken ahead of the upcoming Gateway Project to dig two more train tunnels under the Hudson for westbound journeys.

A brand new bus terminal is also on the cards, to replace the ageing Port Authority Bus Terminal building.

Plans to replace the infamously hard-to-navigate bus station – described by comedian John Oliver as the "worst place on planet Earth" – have been rumbling on since 2015. Cuomo has now promised to "a new state-of-the-art facility" to replace the "outdated" bus terminal.

Manhattan Midtown West 2021 redevelopment
A new bus terminal is also planned for the area

A total of 14 new buildings designated for a mix of residential and commercial use are planned for the area between Broadway and the Hudson river.

Up to 1,400 of the new homes built in these buildings will be affordable, the governor promised.

In addition to these projects, Cuomo began the year by announcing plans to extend the High Line elevated park to meet the Moynihan Train Hall and the Pier 76 park. Original architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations are understood to be carrying out these additions.

Renderings are courtesy of New York governor's office.