The Edge NYC: CNN Since the Covid-19 lockdown began in mid-March, large swaths of New York City have been deserted, but tomorrow, a gorgeous, glass corner will reopen.
Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, reopens to the public at noon on Wednesday. On Manhattan’s extreme West Side, Edge was only open for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it instant before the city shut down. It was a hundred stories high and nearly 1,100 feet in the air.
The outdoor patio extends around 80 feet into Manhattan, providing breathtaking 360-degree views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
Edge may be Hudson Yard’s bright star now that so much of the region has been sealed due to the pandemic, rivaling One World Observatory and Willis Tower.
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The Weeknd performed in the venue on August 30 as part of the live-streamed 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, followed by the public opening on Wednesday.
Adrenaline junkies will want to make a beeline for the space’s indisputable centerpiece, a triangular glass floor in the middle of it all.
According to CNN, the glass floor is virtually indestructible. You may jump on it, lie flat on it, and watch the automobiles below go about like ants. You might simply be amazed at how difficult it is to take that initial step, even if you’re not terrified of heights and know the ground is completely solid.
The addition of floor markers, which are intended to assist maintain a proper social distance between visitors and employees, may allow you more time to gather your courage before taking that first step onto the glass.
Masks are now a must-have element of the experience, and Edge will provide complimentary face coverings if you forget yours.
Edge, designed by KPF and Rockwell Group, offers more than just a spectacular view of the city. Even New York City residents who are irritated by the tiny price reduction may be pleased with the value for money.
“We don’t want to be mistaken for an observation deck,” says Jason Horkin, VP of Hudson Yards Experiences, emphasizing Edge’s aim to stand out.
The Edge voyage begins once you display your ticket and proceed to the elegant elevators, providing an immersive experience.
Look above as you walk to view an 80-foot-long map of Manhattan with various lights hovering over the city’s diverse districts.
The speed of sound (running trains) and the construction’s calm, almost relaxing noises combine in a tunnel-like pathway that provides both audio and visual stimulation.
Advance purchase is recommended ($36 for adults), but on-site tickets are available for $38 with various discounts. US healthcare workers with valid ID get an entry for free till 2020 as a thank you to the country’s essential workers.
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You’ll spend 52 seconds on the (limited capacity) elevator, and it’ll be a rapid and fun ride. The elevator trip doubles as a mini cinema experience to prepare people for what they’re about to witness.
Turn your back on the doors and watch as the walls of the elevators come alive as screens of New York City’s significant sites are built from the ground up using animated sketches that turn into crisp photographic images.
“As the elevator approaches level 100, clouds replace the city vista, and tourists feel as though they are in the sky as the elevator doors open,” says a press release detailing the ride.
The return trip, which takes less than a minute, contains a separate performance, which begins with clouds and takes guests on an immersive trek along the Highline before bringing them to the front of the Vessel’s door.
It serves as a reminder of the area’s adjacent tourist attractions as well as a unique way to end a visit to Manhattan’s skyline.
Because Hudson Yards is connected to the seven trains (one of the city’s newest subway stations), seven rail swag is prominent throughout the two shop zones.
On the 100th and fourth floors, where visitors with tickets arrive during their pre-selected time window, merchandise is available for purchase. There’s everything from a cropped hoodie with a Hudson Yards outline ($65) to a baseball cap with the number 7 in purple ($25) to baller chess set with Hudson Yards’ structures functioning as chess pieces ($1200).
The entire shop (both above and below) is quite New York-y, with plenty of merchandise to promote the neighborhood and Edge and enough to satisfy the New York City generalist. All things for sale are available only on-site.
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Although guests are required to sign up for an arrival time slot (starting September 21, high rollers can pay an extra $20 for access at any time of day or night) and are only permitted to enter during that window, loitering is encouraged. Visitors are expected to exit the elevator on the left and proceed outside first, according to Horkin. The area has been constructed to accommodate this, with plenty of open flooring both inside and out.
For the time being, all concessions have been moved outside. Champagne, for example, may be drunk with the view for $20 or $30 per glass.
The menu at the Champagne bar includes kid-friendly treats like Welches Mixed Gummy Fruit nibbles and M&Ms, and masks can be removed while eating or drinking.
The main viewing deck has benches where you may relax with a drink or visit the Kind bar, but the real pleasures are located as near to the area’s angled glass walls as possible.
If one of the 3,000 square feet of glass divided into 79 panels doesn’t make you gasp, move on to the next – there’s an angle for everyone here.