with contributions from Sharon Edelson, Jean E. Palmieri
 on March 18, 2019

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of tourists, out-of-towners and locals descended on Hudson Yards this weekend, eager to be among the first to experience the nation’s biggest private development, scale its centerpiece sculpture called The Vessel — and take in some new shopping and dining opportunities.

Traffic stayed strong since the “VIP” party Thursday night, which drew an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 guests, with Neiman Marcus alone pulling in 3,000 guests — including a performance by Liza Minnelli — for its launch event, described by executives as the store’s biggest party ever. Estimates for traffic on Saturday, the busiest day for The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, ranged from 60,000 to more than 80,000 visitors. It houses 100 stores including about two dozen restaurants in 750,000 square feet of retail space.

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