It is not often that a single block stands out in a city like New York. But a huge transformation is occurring at the junction of 29th Street.
West 29th Street, in between 10th and 11th Avenues, is the transition point between three neighborhoods: West Chelsea, Hudson Yards and the Far West Side. The massive changes on West 29th Street are due to the West Chelsea zoning regulations developed in 2005. Foreseeing the seismic Hudson Yards development, Mayor Bloomberg changed the zoning status to allow for more flexible residential and commercial development to ease the transition from West Chelsea to Hudson Yards and the High Line (the zoning area is bounded by Tenth and Eleventh Avenues from West 30th Street south to West 16th Street).
Previously zoned for light manufacturing and commercial use and dominated by low- to mid-scale industrial buildings and art galleries that were former clubs, the renovations on this block will provide a new residential and mixed-use neighborhood with character-filled, lower-scaled, slower-paced living within walking distance for those working in the next door, bustling, shiny high-rise filled Hudson Yards. That, coupled with the completion of the High Line which brought developers who transferred air rights throughout the neighborhood, the transition between Chelsea and Midtown neighborhoods is becoming less dramatic.