It is just over a year since I was last in New York and I never got a sniff of this amazing newly developed neighbourhood on the west-side of Midtown Manhattan. Hudson Yards is an area roughly between 30th Street in the south, 43rd Street in the north, the West Side Highway in the west and Eighth Avenue in the east.
Covering an area of 28 acres it is a mix of residential, office and retail. It even has part of the High-Line running through it which makes it even more weird because I walked part of the High-Line last year and didn’t see anything about Hudson Yards at all.
Why I came across it was researching the now event only ‘View of DC’ because the ‘Edge’ is 1131ft triangular observation deck is taking bookings for viewing from March 2020 and will be the highest outdoor deck in the western hemisphere. The deck is suspended in mid – air over 100 floors high over the metropolis of New York. It looks amazing and will give the Empire State Building, One World and the Rock a run for it’s money.
Tickets are available to book now and start from $36 for timed ticket to $56 for a Flex Ticket to allow you entry at any time. I do think that offering a discount of $5 for a child ticket is mean and could be more attractively priced for the little ones.
Also in Hudson Yards is ‘The Vessel’ which also has tickets to purchase. The centrepiece of Hudson Yards is the spiral staircase which soars up and has to be climbed. It is designed as a focal point to explore different perspectives from different heights, angles and vantage points. There are almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings and 154 flights of stairs, with the vertical climb offering amazing views of Manhattan, the river and beyond.
Operational times are 10.00 – 21.00 daily
Entry to climb and explore are by tickets issued daily for free and start from 09.30 and are available on the interactive kiosks in the shops and restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards and the kiosks in the Public Square and Gardens. They are issued on a first come first served basis for a time-slot for a one-time entrance.
There are options to reserved spaces in advance for $10 online up to six months in advance. Especially useful for overseas visitors.
Also at Hudson Yards is ‘The Shed’ a new Arts Centre for the 21st Century. Located where the High Line meets Hudson Yards.
For your reference
One World is 1268 ft (to top floor)
Empire State Building 1250 ft (to roof)
The Edge is 1131 ft (outdoor viewing platform)
The Rock is 800 ft