New York's $25 billion megadevelopment can withstand a superstorm or terrorist attack — even if the entire city shuts down

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  • New York's largest and most expensive private real-estate development, the $25 million Hudson Yards mega-site, opens to the public on Friday. 
  • The complex is designed to withstand major threats like hurricanes or terrorist attacks. 
  • Though it's not impervious to natural disasters, Hudson Yards can power itself during a storm, even if the entire city shuts down. 

Whether you call it a "city within a city" or a living room for creative workers, Hudson Yards is by far the most grandiose development in New York City's recent history. At more than 18 million square feet, the dense configuration of buildings is large enough to host the entire population of Hartford, Connecticut — around 125,000 residents.

It's also the most expensive real estate development in US history, with a price tag of $25 billion.

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