The platform is not only a support: It's wired with cables of all sorts to optimize communications and energy options for residents. Rainwater is collected on building rooftops, and filtered, for onsite irrigation and drinking needs, to reduce stress on the city’s sewer system. There are even cooling units in the platform, to make sure the heat of the train yards doesn’t affect the 28,000 trees, grasses, wildflowers, and other plants in the development’s park areas (the units are also there in case climate change raises area temperatures to levels that will make it difficult for green things to survive without aid).
But all is not peachy with this project. It is, without hyperbole, one of the most unpopular with New Yorkers in recent memory. Many compare it unfavorably with Rockefeller Center, the city’s last large-scale development, a place of unparalleled architectural harmony and symmetry. Unlike that project, which employed a team of architects and designers working in tandem, Hudson Yards is simply a cluster of unrelated skyscrapers, created by half a dozen different architectural firms. The New York Times, in reviewing the site, wrote that “It is, at heart, a supersized suburban-style office park, with a shopping mall and a quasi-gated condo community targeted at the 0.1 percent. A relic of dated 2000s thinking, nearly devoid of urban design, it declines to blend into the city grid. From a distance the project may remind you of glass shards on top of a wall.” Ouch—but deserved.
Note: Currently only half of the campus of Hudson Yards is open. The second half, called the West Yard, is expected to debut in 2022.