The highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere is officially open (PHOTOS)

Mar 11 2020, 11:43 am

Visitors to New York City, rejoice! There is a brand new vantage point to admire the sprawling skyline of the concrete jungle.

Hudson Yard’s Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in Western Hemisphere, officially opened to the public on Wednesday, allowing guests to gain an entirely new perspective of the city that has never before been experienced.

 

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“Piercing the sky at a soaring 100 floors from its record-setting height of 1,131 feet, Edge will reveal never-before-seen views of The City, Western New Jersey and New York State spanning up to 80 miles,” the official press release explains.

“Visitors will enjoy varying levels of thrill from sharing a champagne toast under the clouds to leaning over the city up against the angled glass walls to stepping out onto the glass floor or taking in the view on the outdoor skyline steps from the 100th to 101st floor.”

Edge will be open to visitors all year round, seven days a week from 8 am to midnight.

 

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Tickets for adults are $36 (CAD $49.50) if purchased online and $38 (CAD $52.26) if purchased on-site.

Tickets for children cost $31 (CAD $42.64) when purchased online and $33 (CAD $45.39) when purchased at Edge.

There are also special rates for active military personnel, retirees, and seniors.

The structure was designed by architect William Pedersen and Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KFP).

 

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The sky deck extends out 80 feet from the 100th floor and weighs a whopping 765,000 pounds.

The 100th floor also features a champagne bar where guests can indulge in a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light hors d’oeuvres either inside or while admiring the breathtaking views of the city from the sky deck.

The structure is anticipated to be a centrepiece of Hudson Yards, the surrounding 28-acre neighbourhood on the West Side of Manhattan.

 

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“You’ve never experienced New York like this before,” Jason Horkin, Executive Director of Hudson Yards Experiences, said in the release.

“Stepping onto Edge is like walking out into the sky. The entire experience is designed to inspire visitors and ignite a new passion for New York City with multiple, built-in thrill elements that ensure Edge becomes a must-see local attraction and a top spot on every travellers’ bucket list.”