The Vessel: In Manhattan’s Back Yard

Climb the Vessel for far-reaching views of the Hudson River. (Photos by Anthony Murray)

Located at the nexus of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, the Vessel at Hudson Yards takes climbing to new heights and with its official opening last month, the Vessel will definitely leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, the interactive landmark, unlike most city landmarks, encourages visitors to climb it. Imagined by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio, the Vessel was made as a focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of New York City from different heights, angles and vantage points.

Standing 150-feet in the air, the Vessel, which is its temporary name for now, was fabricated in Monfalcone, Italy, and arrived on Manhattan’s West Side after almost two weeks at sea with a brief stay at Port Newark and a five-hour barge trip across the Hudson River. The Vessel was constructed from a steel frame that was covered by a copper-colored steel cladding.

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The Vessel is composed of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs boasting an impressive count of 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings. The Vessel, which closely resembles a honeycomb shape, rises 16 stories and gives breathtaking views of the nearby Hudson River and High Line. Plus, the Vessel is friendly to all of its visitors since it has ramps and elevators to make it ADA compliant.

Directly across from the Vessel is The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards where you can dine at the many new restaurants that recently opened, such as Belcampo, Hudson Yards Grill, Mercado Little Spain, Teak Tearoom, Wild Ink and more. If you have some extra money to burn, you can also stop in to the various stores, such as Banana Republic, Fendi, Coach, Louis Vutton, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, Madewell, Pandora and others.

The Vessel is located at 20 Hudson Yards in Midtown. For tickets, visit

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