The Vessel at Hudson Yards finally opened in March 2019. The original concept for Vessel was revealed in 2016. 3 years later tourists, as well as locals, are now able to climb the 2,500 stairs to the 150-foot-tall, honeycomb-shaped public art installation at Hudson Yards.
What is the Vessel in NYC?
Designed by Thomas Heatherwick who is well known for his contemporary urban design, the Vessel at Hudson Yards is a climbable sculpture with 2,500 individual steps—and 80 landings. The Vessel is made of bronzed steel and concrete and cost about $150 million.
The construction started in April 2017 and the structure was revealed for the first time in December 2017. Beautifully sitting right in the middle of the Hudson Yards Plaza the area is also connected to the nearby High Line Park that will probably lead over 8 Million tourists per year to see the newest attraction in New York City. You’ll get to the Vessel in NYC with the 7 Train. The subway stop Hudson Yards is only a 5-minutes walk away.
Walking tours at The Vessel NYC
If you would like to explore the area with a special tour guide during a walking tour there is a great tour that we highly recommend. The two-hour tour takes you to the Vessel in NYC and the close by High Line and offers a great overview of the neighborhood, its architecture and art scene.
If you’re wondering if the Vessel in NYC is wheelchair accessible, we can assure you that it is. The structure also has ramps and elevators to make it easier for people with disabilities or other health conditions. Anyone is able to enjoy the experience of the Vessel.
Views from the Vessel in NYC
People climbing the Vessel get to see different perspectives of the city from different heights, angles and vantage points. But don’t expect too much, because the Vessel doesn’t offer stunning city views like one of the observation decks in New York. You get to see an overview of the Hudson Yards, New Jersey and the adjacent High Line.
By visiting the Vessel at Hudson Yards your main focus should be the design aspect of the sculpture and its beautiful colors when the sun hits the bronze steel. Amazing photos are guaranteed.
Tickets for the Vessel at Hudson Yards
If you want to climb the Vessel in New York City, make sure to reserve your tickets in advance online. The tickets for the Vessel NYC are free of charge.