Wealth Celebrities Party With Influencers at Hudson Yards’ Opening Night Bash/New $2 billion mall opens on Manhattan’s far west side/‘It’s a lifestyle,’ Related’s Ross says of $25 billion project

Prosecco and tequila flowed freely Thursday evening at dozens of bars inside the packed Shops at Hudson Yards, the new $2 billion mall that opened to the public this week on Manhattan’s far west side.

Early in the night, on the first floor of the shopping center’s star anchor — New York City’s first Neiman Marcus — the man behind it all stood near the Christian Louboutin section and watched as Instagram influencers snapped selfies and caterers passed out tiny tacos and bite-sized ramen burgers. Britney Spears’s “Toxic” was blasting in the background.

“It’s not about a building. It’s not about the retail. It’s a lifestyle.” said Stephen Ross, chairman and founder of Related Cos., which is developing the $25 billion Hudson Yards project with Oxford Properties Group.

The invitation-only event drew thousands of Instagram influencers, fashion designers, models, buttoned-up real estate executives and some celebrities — Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda and actresses Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Even Senator Chuck Schumer made an appearance.

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Posted on March 15, 2019 at 9:40 pm

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