Difference Makers: Hudson Yards Developer Giving Back Amid Pandemic

By WCBS Newsradio 880
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — During this time of need for some many people, the company that developed the massive Hudson Yards community along the Westside Highway is giving back in more ways than one.

With people out of work and losing money, many are struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Seeing these struggles, Jeff Blau – CEO of Related Companies, the developer of Hudson Yards – felt compelled to help New Yorkers in any way he could.

“What's unique about our situation, you know, we can do more than just contributing dollars. We actually have people with talent and experience that, in this in this particular crisis, could be very valuable,” he tells WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg.

His company has hit many sides of the frontlines.

They've partnered with World Central Kitchen to build a kitchen on 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue for first responders and doctors working at the nearby Javits Center field hospital.

“The food will all be prepared at José Andrés’ restaurant, Little Spain, and brought over to this food kitchen and the volunteers will come from the Hudson Yards community,” Blau explains.

Among other projects the company has also deployed hundreds of construction workers to revive the shuttered Beth Israel Hospital Downtown.

Blau says 700 beds will soon be online.

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