New York City always amazes us, and so is doing the Edge, its new observatory. It is part of the Hudson Yards complex, a neighborhood west of Manhattan. That’s where The Vessel opened recently, and you can now book your tickets for the Edge.
What is the Edge?
Announced and expected for months now, Edge is the observatory of the Hudson Yards complex. It culminates at 400 meters of altitude and from there you can enjoy an impressive view over the city of New York thanks to its platform on the 100th floor of the building (304 meters).
How is the view from the observatory?
Just like the New York Observatories (Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory), you can have a stunning view over New York and its surroundings:
– from inside the building, with a 360 degree view,
– from a terrace that seems hanging from the same building.
This terrace, besides appearing hanging, has a glass floor. So you can “step on the emptiness”, at 100 meters high. I think some of you will be thrilled by the experience!
Justine is a guide for the BPVNY agency (French version of NYCTT). She was lucky enough to visit the new observatory and here she tells us about her experience:
I loved discovering this new observatory. I was there the day it officially opened to the public, on March 11th. A very modern elevator propels you to the top of the building, with walls covered with large tv screens. As you go up, you can see images of the construction of this new neighborhood in New York City.
Once on the 100th floor, the terrace offers a spectacular view. This is due to the large glass panels around the terrace. At first, I was afraid to go near them, and little by little I got used to them.
I also tried to walk on the glass floor, which is really impressive. The more reckless ones would lie down to take out a selfie.
It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon when I visited the observatory. The day was wonderful, with lots of sunshine. I think the view must be prettier at sunset, with this view over New Jersey.
In fact, on The Edge’s website, they indicate the times of sunrise and sunset.
Anyway, I can brag about my photo 😊
What else can be done?
You’ll find a souvenir shop there, like in any tourist place in New York.
There is also a “Peak” restaurant that offers an incredible view.
How much is the admission fee?
The entrance grants you access to the observatory inside the building, to the terrace with its glass floor, a souvenir photograph.
At the moment, you can book your visit online:
– $ 36 for adults (13 to 61 years old) instead of $ 38,
– $ 31 for children (6 to 13 years old) instead of $ 33,
– $ 34 for seniors (+ 61 years) instead of $ 36.
You can choose a visit with a “flexible” schedule:
– $ 56 for adults (13 to 61 years old) instead of $ 58,
– $ 51 for children (6 to 13 years old) instead of $ 53,
– $ 54 for seniors (+ 61 years) instead of $ 56.
This ticket allows you to arrive at the time you want to visit the observatory.
You can also upgrade your visit with a “champagne admission” or a “premium “admission” (only for +21 visitors).
Note that the visit is included in every pass to visit New York City.
What can be done near the Edge?
As I said above, the Edge is part of the Hudson Yards complex. There is the Vessel, and you will be near the north entrance of the High Line. Once you finish the tour, you will arrive at Chelsea Market, an ideal place for lunch!
Where is the Edge?
The entrance to the Edge is located on the 4th floor of the Shop and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.
I guess the view from the Edge observatory has to be amazing. Now I really want to discover this new observatory. And you?
Someone please help.
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