Hudson Yards Celebrates First Year of Construction With Tower-Shaped Cake

By Mathew Katz on December 4, 2013 2:28pm 

 Fairway pastry chef Michael Lewin-Jacus cuts a 5-foot-tall cake in the shape of the first Hudson Yards tower.
Fairway pastry chef Michael Lewin-Jacus cuts a 5-foot-tall cake in the shape of the first Hudson Yards tower.
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HUDSON YARDS — The developers of Hudson Yards unveiled a 5-foot-tall birthday cake in the shape of the West Side complex's 52-story first tower Wednesday, to celebrate the first anniversary of the massive project's groundbreaking.

The gigantic frosted vanilla cake was baked by future Hudson Yards tenant Fairway Market as a thank you to the hundreds of construction workers building the project, which will eventually include several soaring skyscrapers.

"It's pretty nice that they did something for us," said Vish Omrao, 28, a foreman whose team has worked on the building since April. "It was a good cake, too."

Construction on the first tower, which will be home to Coach, L'Oreal USA and SAP, began at the end of 2012. The building, slated for a 2015 opening, already weighs 380 million pounds and stands three stories above its next-door neighbor, the High Line.

The project's developers, the Related Companies and Oxford Properties, also plan to mark the one-year birthday with an eight-day interactive exhibition featuring Hudson Yards at the Time Warner Center. The exhibit opens on Thursday and will include new models, renderings and construction videos.

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