The Vessel, a new observatory in New York City

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New York City is in constant development, such as the Hudson Yards neighborhood. Of all the constructions underway in the area, The Vessel promises to offer a magnificent view over Manhattan.
The good news? After being closed for a couple of months, it is now available for booking (again)

What is The Vessel?

Designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick, The Vessel is between a sculpture and a building. It is a gigantic 15-story staircase with 2500 steps. The 154 stairs are entangled as a labyrinth and connected in a certain way.

Before reaching the highest point of the construction, you can rest on one of the 80 landings from where you can enjoy New York City from different points of view. At the top of the construction, the view is breathtaking over Manhattan and the Hudson River.
There is an elevator for everyone to be able to visit this place.

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How to book the visit?

You need to book your ticket to visit the Vessel. It allows to manage the flow of visitors and avoid congestion.
So you need to select a day and an hour for your visit on the official website.

Every day, they give a limited number of free tickets. If you didn’t reach them, the fee is $10/person from 6 years old and up..
Please note that admission is restricted to group of at least 2 people to visit the Vessel.

Book here

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Where is The Vessel?

The Vessel is in Hudson Yards, between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Hudson Yards is a neighborhood that has changed a lot in recent years and will be a must-see area of the city with new buildings, shopping centers …

If you plan to walk the High Line, you cannot miss The Vessel or the changes in the neighborhood.
The whole project will be completed in 2024. For now, you can see the Shed, the mall and visit The Edge.


The skyline of New York City is changing in the west of Manhattan. It can already be seen from the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock.
The Vessel will become the new “must” during your trip to New York City. I can’t wait to go and tell you more about it!


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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