Exploring “The Shed” in Hudson Yards

Julia Nevarez

Designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, who also designed the High Line, “The Shed” and its surroundings are definitely an area to be photographed. It is grand, picture ready from all angles, an explicit invitation to any voyeur. The Shed is a $475 million performing arts center recently opened at the Hudson Yards development on the west side of Midtown Manhattan.

I had a hard time finding the entrance to “The Shed” because the area is still under construction, as I write. Once inside the building, ushers directed you to the main gallery, where the work of Reich Righter, a German visual artist, was being shown in one of the large galleries. The paintings hung like tapestries, full of colors. A choir of walking singers – the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street – blended with the curious and surprised crowd, singing Hallelujah. People were sitting on the raw concrete floor that resembles an effortless design goal, a tabula rasa of sorts – space as canvas. Appropriate.

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