The Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the diverse population who lives, works and visits within the district. Our work involves supplemental sanitation services, streetscape improvements, neighborhood horticulture and beautification projects, and assistance to district small businesses, and effective advocacy and administration.
In addition, HYHK maintains and operates Bella Abzug Park and organizes cultural and wellness programming and events within the park and the district.
HYHK Special District
The Hudson Yards special district, encompassing W 30th to W 42nd Street and 9th to 11th Avenue, was created as part of an effort to grow Midtown’s central business district, and to transform the area into a mixed-used space and pedestrian friendly space. Such growth was made possible by the rezoning of Hudson Yards in 2005 and 2009, and the expansion of the no. 7 subway line to 34th Street and 11th Avenue. The rezoning and subway expansion allowed for future commercial and residential development, as well as increased the accessibility of the area, and future development, to the public. Along with residential and commercial development, key components of the expansion included the creation of new parks, public space, and cultural institutions. Learn more here or here.
Bella Abzug Park
As the maintenance and operations manager of Bella Abzug Park, HYHK hosts a variety of programming that is mostly free and open to the public. We host seasonal fitness and wellness classes, children’s events, a farmers market, and in May 2019 partnered with Smorgasburg to bring food diversity to the area. The Park has also been an important location for showcasing public art. In the last two years it has seen its first film festival in September 2018, a sculpture installation by a local artist, and rotating light pole banner exhibitions. and so we have partnered with artists to create installations such as a sculpture exhibition. HYHK works to ensure that Bella Abzug park remains a site of cultural engagement and opportunity for the community, and greater New York.
With two new corridors for high-density commercial development in addition to the businesses that have already been established in the area, the Hudson Yards special district is home to a vibrant and diverse commercial sector. From cultural art centers serving the community, bars that have enjoyed colorful histories in the historic Hell’s Kitchen, to the new retailers in The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, there is something for everyone in this dynamic district.