Vessel in New York Tickets

Hudson Yards Vessel in New York

The Vessel in New York is a construction in Hudson Yards, at High Line Park. Made up of a number of staircases, connected by platforms, in the form of an oval; it’s difficult to explain what Vessel is exactly. I can, maybe best describe it as being somewhere between a building, a work of art and a monument. Above all, it’s a real eye-catcher in Hudson Yards, at the end of High Line Park. Vessel is the brainchild of British designer, Thomas Heatherwick.

The Vessel is temporarily closed in preparation for reopening later in 2024.


Visiting Vessel

You can visit Vessel for free! From the ground level, you get a good picture of the imposing structure. You do not need to make a reservation to visit the Vessel. First, it was also possible to walk up the 154 different flights of stairs, but it has since been closed due to multiple suicides. It is not possible to go up until a solution is found, so for now, you can only enter the ground level.

Hudson Yards Vessel in New York - Inside

What is Vessel?

Vessel is definitely an attention-grabbing construction, comprising of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, with no less than 2,500 steps. In addition, it is 15 storeys high. The recurring forms in the structure are reminiscent of Escher’s drawings. Although, everyone seems to see something different in its unusual shape. For example, a honeycomb, a beehive, a climbing frame or even a basket.

Location of Vessel

Vessel is in Manhattan’s newest neighbourhood, Hudson Yards. To be precise, in ‘Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards’, a community park full of plants and trees. You will be able to see it if you are taking a walk over the High Line. This sprawling park is the epicentre of the eastern part of Hudson Yards, which further consists of eight buildings with various purposes such as offices, housing and commercial spaces, plus a cultural institute called The Shed. In addition, there’s the 30 Hudson Yards building which is home to the Edge Hudson Yards Observation Deck. This part of Hudson Yards can be found between 30th and 34th Street and 10th and 11th Avenue.

Eric’s Tip: “I really liked Vessel, it’s absolutely worth visiting. It doesn’t cost much time, fifteen minutes is probably sufficient for most visitors. It’s close to The High Line and great to combine with visiting other places in Hudson Yards. Visitors with reduced mobility can also enter”

Hudson Yards Vessel in New York - Vessel structure Hudson Yards Vessel in New York - View from Vessel

Vessel Tour

If you would like to visit Vessel with a guide, then you can book this other tour for the Vessel, Hudson Yards and High Line Park. Enter the High Line and walk the old train tracks that turned into a park. At the end of the High Line, you’ll find the Hudson Yards area, including the Vessel. During this tour, you will learn all about the area and how it was built.

Book the Vessel, Hudson Yards and High Line Tour here

Practical Information

  • Location: Vessel is located at Public Square and Gardens in Hudson Yards.
  • Opening hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00, on Sunday closing at 19:00.

What is the Vessel in Hudson Yards?

Hudson Yards Vessel in New York, also known as New York’s Staircase, is a construction at Hudson Yards near High Line Park. A great place to visit! Read why.

Do you need tickets for the Vessel at Hudson Yards?

No, you do not need tickets to visit the Vessel. You can enter the ground level for free.

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