The Shed in Manhattan: New York has a new temple of the Arts

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Elia Tabuenca García
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A few words of history

The Shed is a recent building: its construction began in 2015 and its inauguration took place the 5 April 2019. It was created by Liz Diller, co-founder of the Diller Scofidio + Renfro agency in collaboration with another architectural firm: the Rockwell Group.

The Shed is a cultural center that looks like a large expandable box. This solid building is wrapped in a pearl gray shell, pearly and responsive to variations in the sun. Another particularity: this shell is placed on wheels in order to make it slide. The architecture of the Shed is therefore ingenious. And in addition to being expandable on the outside, this building is also expandable inside! Indeed, the rooms and others spread over the different levels can be configured according to needs.



Note: The Shed will move several times a year in order to adapt to the needs of the programming.

The Shed is therefore an atypical cultural center. Inside, the visual arts center is spread over 16 m000 and the exhibition space covers 2 m3. There is also a 700 m2 museum space, a 2 m300 expandable shell and a theater for up to 2 people.

The Shed New York: what to see inside?

As previously stated, the New York Shed opened recently. This non-static cultural center aims to commission works from all disciplines and dedicated to all audiences.

The Shed was designed for host many cultural events : art, fashion, cinema, design… Many fields are represented! During your visit, you will be able to see the first work commissioned by the cultural center: “In Front of Itself”, a creation by Lawrence Weiner, a New York artist.



On the second and fourth floors of the building, you can access the rooms dedicated to exhibitions. The sixth floor houses the Griffin Theater which has 500 seats.

The programming of the Shed will therefore be punctuated by exhibitions and concerts. Its “Open Call” program will present from May 30, the works of 52 local artists, because The Shed also wishes to highlight New York artists! The institution has also forged partnerships with NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) and local schools.

=> The NYCHA is an organization that manages social housing and housing located in the five districts of the city and whose rents are moderate.

Good to know: if you want to know the Shed program, go to the official website where the current and upcoming program is posted.

How much does it cost to visit The Shed?

To benefit from the best prices, it is advisable to buy your entrance tickets as soon as possible. Regarding their price, this varies according to demand as the date of the performance approaches.

Important: the majority of exhibitions will be offered free of charge or at around $ 10. For those under 18, they will be free.

Additional information about The Shed

During your visit to the Shed, you can eat directly on site. Indeed, the bar Cedric’s welcomes you in the hall of the building for a moment of relaxation around a good menu. Sandwiches and salads are also available. At Cedric's, it's the creative spirit that is in the spotlight ! For drinks, you can choose from craft beer, cocktails, coffee and many more!



Cedric's bar is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday).

Want to bring back a little souvenir from the Shed, go to the open shop: McNally Jackson. Inside, you can find many books in keeping with the artistic programming of the Shed. There is something for everyone: philosophy, international literature, contemporary poetry, art, politics, essays… You will inevitably find a book that you like! Besides the books, you will also find recommendations from the artists.

The McNally Jackson store is open daily except Monday.

Where is The Shed?

The Shed is located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan. Its exact address is: 545 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001. Below, a map to better represent it:

Its opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday: closed.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: it opens its doors from 11 a.m. to 18 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: it opens from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m.
  • Saturday: he welcomes you from 11 a.m. to 18 p.m.

Information to know before your visit

To avoid unpleasant surprises and to prepare your visit as well as possible, here is some additional information:

  • For wheelchair users, the entrance at 30th Street and the Hudson Yards Public Square Hotel is accessible. All the shows held at the Shed are also wheelchair accessible. On arrival, the Shed staff member will direct you to an elevator.
  • The ability to take photos and videos varies depending on the program. For more information, you can visit the Shed website or listen to announcements made before the show, for example.

Don't forget to conquer the surroundings!

Besides The Shed, the Hudson Yards district has many other surprises in store for you. Among them, there is The Vessel, a set of oval shape and consisting of stairs. Describing The Vessel is quite complicated. We can say that it is a monument, a work of art and a building that does not go unnoticed! In total, The Vessel consists of 154 interconnected staircases, or 2 steps and 500 floors to climb. The Vessel is located in Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards, a wooded park that you cannot miss if you stroll on the famous Highline, a green promenade built on an old railway line in the heart of Manhattan. As you cross the High Line, you can enjoy beautiful views and escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for a moment.



Hudson Yards is a new neighborhood in Manhattan. It's made of buildings with a wide variety of uses : commercial space, offices, housing and of course The Shed, the non-static cultural center. And in the 30 Hudson Yards tower, the Hudson Yards Observation Deck will soon open its doors. This observation center will be open on the 100th floor of the tower and will offer you a beautiful 360 ° view of New York. What to take full eyes!

The Shed is therefore an original and unique cultural center that has some wonderful surprises in store for you. Depending on the concerts and exhibitions planned, The Shed can be easily transformed and configured according to the program. Simply amazing! All you have to do is conquer this surprising cultural center and be amazed! And don't forget to go and discover New York's new neighborhood in more depth: Hudson Yards, which is sure to amaze you too!

Want to visit other museums? Here is:

  • The Tenement Museum
  • The Museum of Natural History
  • Le MET the New York
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