30 Hudson Yards Opens Edge Observation Deck to the Public

Written By Dylon Harbottle | March 17, 2020 | Published in NYC Lifestyle, Neighborhood News
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Edge, the 1,131-foot high observation deck jutting from the side of 30 Hudson Yards, officially opened to the public on March 11, 2020, making it the tallest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The Kohn Pedersen Fox supertall skyscraper (‘supertall’ denotes a building exceeding 300m in height) now boasts an attraction unlike any in New York City.

Like a blade protruding from the glass and steel giant, Edge is so much more than a viewing platform for the iconic Manhattan skyline. A 52-second elevator whisks visitors from the 4th-floor entrance to the thrills of the 100th floor where they can marvel at uninterrupted views stretching down to Lady Liberty herself; a truly unique way of experiencing the skyline we all know and love. If a little liquid courage is needed before venturing out, guests have the opportunity to stop at Edge Bar for a glass of champagne.

Appropriately named, Edge is an observation deck unlike any other. The triangular wedge juts out 80 feet from the tower and is encased in 79 frameless glass panels angled boldly outward for a ‘leaning’ view bound to get the heart pounding. If visitors find their nerves strong enough to brave the outermost point of Edge, they’ll be met with a feeling of floating in mid-air. Not for the faint of heart, however, is the 225 square foot glass floor panel giving a new definition to the phrase “walking on air.” There’ll be a whole new appreciation for the busy Manhattan streets after seemingly floating 100 stories above them.

As with any new attraction, visitors can expect to wait for their time in the sun, quite literally in this case. However, much like recent changes to visitor flow in the Empire State Building, Edge was built with the intention of educating and entertaining guests, making the process of queuing for their elevator feel less like waiting in line. Melissa Hoffman, Principal and Studio Leader for the LAB at Rockwell Group, said: “along with the incredible views, we’re going to take you on an immersive experiential journey that celebrates the thrill of transformation.” Guests will be guided through immersive audiovisual installations that document the evolution of a modern NYC neighborhood built from scratch.

When planning a visit consider a reservation at Peak, a full-service restaurant and bar situated on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards; a floor above Edge. Outdoor stairs join the observation deck to the restaurant and allow guests to peer out over the glass edge below.

Please check The Edge for opening hours. Enter at Level 4, The Shops & Restaurants, Hudson Yards.

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