"Vessel" in Hudson Yards

Tom Kaminski

Hudson Yards 'Vessel' Not-So-Friendly To Photographers

March 19, 2019 - 11:01 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The public art centerpiece of the newly-opened Hudson Yards complex is not so friendly to the public.

The vessel, a series of 154 interconnecting staircases, is meant to be a major tourist attraction, opened on Friday.

But within the ticket agreement to visit the "Vessel" is a clause that lets the real estate company that controls the structure to use any videos or photos visitors upload showing the vessel. Professional photographers have been warning their colleagues about this clause.

A representative for Related Real Estate which manages Hudson Yards says their intent is to share and amplify the work of its visitors.

They promise refine the language in the terms.

The $25 billion Hudson Yards development will include a hotel, a school, a retail mall, restaurants, public plazas and a skyscraper taller than the Empire State Building when it is finished.

Crain's Greg David told WCBS 880 that Hudson Yards will also eventually pay for a subway extension to the area.

"This is very unusual in New York where a new development is going to cover the cost of a major expansion of our infrastructure," Davis said.