Big plans in works for NYC's gritty 'Wild West'

NEW YORK (AP) - It was once a gritty stretch of Manhattan known for rail yards, warehouses and aging industrial buildings - so desolate it was dubbed "The Wild, Wild West."

Now, one of the nation's biggest private construction projects is transforming a stretch of

Manhattan's west side into a cluster of 17 new, tightly packed high-rises that has earned it a new nickname: "Hong Kong on the Hudson."

The $20 billion Hudson Yards project, plus the $4.5 billion Manhattan West complex, comprise the city's most ambitious private real estate venture since Rockefeller Center went up in the 1930s.

When fully completed in 2024, the two projects will offer more than 22 million square feet of space, including 6,000 residential units. That's more footage than the rebuilt World Trade Center.

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