The Tallest Outdoor Observation Deck in the Western Hemisphere Is Coming to New York City

Mar 12, 2019

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Hudson Yards — New York City’s new neighborhood on the West Side — is opening this week, but one of its most exciting developments is still a couple of years away.

In 2020, Hudson Yards will debut the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. (In case you were wondering, the observation deck at One World Trade Center is higher, at 1,368 feet, but it’s enclosed.)

(Rendering courtesy of Hudson Yards)
(Rendering courtesy of Hudson Yards)

Known as the Edge, the new observation deck will rise more than 1,100 feet in the air. Jutting out from 30 Hudson Yards, the 7,500 square foot outdoor observation deck will offer panoramic views of Manhattan and the Hudson River — and may minimize annoying reflections in your photos.

“Edge invites visitors to walk out into the sky and embrace unobstructed, panoramic views of New York City like never before,” Jason Horkin, executive director of Hudson Yards Experiences, said in a statement. “The name reflects both the unique structural design, which pierces the sky when observed from below, and the exhilarating feeling of being on the brink of something exceptional — exactly where you are on edge.”

30 Hudson Yards is being designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and will be the second-tallest office building in New York. WarnerMedia — which runs CNN, HBO, Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. — has already claimed 1.5 million square feet of office space in the building. The observation deck will be located on the 100th floor.

(Rendering courtesy of Hudson Yards)
(Rendering courtesy of Hudson Yards)

Until it opens, you’ll be able to get some fantastic views of Hudson Yards from The Vessel, a futuristic landmark made of interconnecting stairways designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick. The Vessel might be the most iconic landmark in Hudson Yards, which is the largest private real estate development in the nation’s history.

Though the neighborhood was certainly designed with New York residents and businesses in mind, it will no doubt attract at least some intrepid tourists to the western fringe of Manhattan.

Here, travelers will soon be able to catch a performance at the Shed arts center, book a room at the much-anticipated Equinox Hotel, go shopping (think: the first-ever Neiman Marcus in the city) and dine at a collection of restaurants by the likes of Thomas Keller and David Chang. José Andrés has even teamed up with Ferran and Albert Adrià (formerly of El Bulli) to open Mercado Little Spain, an all-day dining destination on par with Eataly that will have three full-service restaurants, various stalls, bars and a market. While the location is convenient for commuters who are headed to the train, Blade Bounce is an enticing option for those who are headed to the airport. The West side heliport is only 3 minutes from Hudson Yards and can get you to the airport in a matter of minutes for as low as $195.

Hudson Yards is also connected to the High Line, which will likely shepherd in significant foot traffic.

Feature photo courtesy of Hudson Yards. 

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