Fantasy or transformation? New York’s $25bn Hudson Yards set to open

The largest private real estate project in the US makes its debut Friday on Manhattan’s west side – but some critics are billing it a ‘mall for the wealthy’

A glittering new development in New York, billed as the largest private real estate project in the history of the United States, makes its debut this week on Manhattan’s west side.

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This project was sold as a self-financing project, which makes it sound like it’s free, but the reality on the ground is it’s actually very expensive

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